Monday, December 15, 2014

Crocheted Nativity

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm enjoying seeing all of your lovely Christmas decorating and you all are so amazing! I just love you all to pieces!
Today I wanted to share a little story with you and you know how I love to tell you little stories:

Once upon a time in 1975, a lady was buying the magazines "Women's Day" and "Family Circle" and I believe she paid about 59 cents for each. She waited patiently each month to buy these because they were filled with recipes, sewing projects and crafts. Being the most talented lady that she was, she was pretty handy with her crochet hooks, she spied with her most gorgeous baby blue peepers the instructions for a lovely little Nativity! She was so excited and ran to the nearest yarn store to get just the correct colors of yarn and grabbed her crochet hooks and went to town! And the crocheted Nativity was created
 Ta dah!!!
 She went to town crocheting the different ones for the Nativity.
 First she crocheted the young Mary with her long flowing brown hair.
 Then came Joseph and he was sporting a beard. There was also a little lamb. The most talented one had even crocheted a little gray donkey but many years later when she took the Nativity out to place them on a table, the donkey dropped to the floor and the naughty dog, Chloe Dawn, grabbed it and ran off with it and the donkey became her 'forever toy'.
 Then the lady crocheted the angel who came to Mary and Joseph and told them about the baby Jesus that would be born. The angel had baby blue eyes and long flowing golden hair.
 Then little baby Jesus was born and wrapped in His swaddling clothes and laid in a manger with with hay, um, little tiny cut up pieces of yarn.
 When the three wise men found the baby Jesus they presented him with gifts and bowed down to worship Him. They brought gold...
 Frankincense and Myrrh...um, the most talented lady didn't crochet the third wise man! She kept the pattern for years and thought she would finally make the last wise man, but she lost the pattern and so there are only two.
 So this year, just like the past 39 years (I can't believe it!) this little Nativity comes out of it's box and graces a table with the true meaning of Christmas...the birth of our Savior, Jesus, but with only two wise men! :) The most talented lady has allowed the Nativity story to tell about the birth of Jesus to her little grand children. The little lamb has jumped into the manger a few times and the hay has landed upon top of Joseph's head a few times but that's okay. The lady's own children played with this Nativity all through the years and learned about Jesus and His love for us.   
Amid all of the beautiful trees, lights, candy and the gift buying, let's don't forget why we celebrate Christmas! It's all because of the birth of our Savior, Jesus. He loves us all so much

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel
~ sung by all of us

49 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh Sheila ! How amazing ! Love your little crocheted nativity ! I am assuming you are the talented lady ? :) so sweet !

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  2. Completely precious! You've taken good care of them (except for donkey dude) because they look brand new!

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  3. About the same year Simplicity came out with a sewing pattern for a nativity set. I scrimped and scraped and found bits and pieces of fabrics and trim and made a little set for my little boy. I need to get it out and set it up so his little girl (same age he was when I made it) and his youngest son can 'play' with it and tell the story of Jesus again. I love your set and I think a wiseman isn't really missing - I think he's out feeding the camels!
    ~Adrienne~

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  4. Shelia this is the sweetest story and nativity ever! We have one that Tiger plays with but the crochet one is made with so much love that it's even better then anything one could buy! You my friend, are such a talented and loving lady!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  5. Oh my gosh, what a labor of love that was!! And such a sweet memory to be passed down. Your talents amaze me!!! xoxoxo

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  6. Such a wonderful nativity scene and with a story so beautifully told! I did think that the lady might have been your sweet Mom, I am sure that she saw this and loved it very much though too! Your grandchildren must be enchanted with this and some day perhaps they will share this with their own children. It really is so lovely Shelia! You are a very talented and lovely lady. xx

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  7. I'm so jealous, this is so pretty and would also be great for kids rooms too! I love nativity sets and have started a small collection already!

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  8. Shelia, doesn't it warm your heart to bring out decorations that were handmade (by that most talented lady) back in the day ? It's wonderful that that most talented lady knew how to crochet and could make the Nativity to enjoy for a long time..

    I'm sure the third wise man is somewhere feeding the donkey. That had to be a strong donkey to carry Mary all the way to the stable where Baby Jesus was born..

    I send my very best wishes for you and your family to have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.
    Charlotte in Virginia
    I'm sure your children and Grandchildren will love it too.

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    1. Thank you so much for your visit, Charlotte, and your kind words! I wish you and your family the very same - Merry Christmas.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  9. Well, if that isn't the cutest thing I ever saw!!! You did a wonderful job and it has survived beautifully over the years. What a labor of love, Shelia. I remember those days of waiting for those publications to come out. My mother also got one called The Workbook.

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  10. Your crocheted nativity is so sweet and lovingly created. What a wonderful way to teach your children and grandchildren about the true meaning of Christmas.

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  11. You, I mean that little lady, are so talented!! Your nativity set is beautiful and like someone else said, it looks brand new!

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  12. How precious. Christmas brings such wonderful memories for most of us. I love this song, too. I need to play my Carols on the piano. Holiday hugs, Diane

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  13. Oh Shelia they are so sweet! Yes we cannot forget... Jesus is the reason for the season!!

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  14. Precious, just precious!! Wonderful story. Love the Nativity!!

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  15. What a lovely story and the little Nativity group is just delightful. And yes! It is important to realize the true meaning of Christmas.

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  16. Hi Shelia, I just love this sweet story and I love the crocheted nativity. What a treasure to have and enjoy each year. It would just not be Christmas without my nativity set up to enjoy. I have my mother's set she made many years ago and I gave our son (when he purchased his home) the first set my parents had when they married Dec.22, 1945. They worked hard to purchase the sweet little figurines and Dad made the manger out of wood. Last night we went to my son's for a gathering and he so proudly had the set on his mantel in the family room. It moves me to tears knowing he keeps this treasure close to his heart too. Yes, it is the real meaning of Christmas and the reason we celebrate the season.
    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.
    Wishing you a wonderful evening sweet friend.
    Hugs and Blessings.

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  17. What an amazing nativity Sheila, I love it! I hope someone reads this and has the pattern for the third wise man:@)

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  18. What a precious heritage for your children, great grandchildren and on down the line. The Nativity is just beautiful.

    Judy

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  19. Oh Shelia, what a beautiful nativity set. You really did a wonderful job creating all the people. I bet if you wrote to those magazines they would have a back copy and you could get it. They keep them all in their library.
    That is what Christmas is all about our savior. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story.
    Mary

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  20. That is so pretty. That is such a treasure.

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  21. Oh my goodness! What a beautiful little crocheted Nativity created by your very talented fingers! This is such a wonderful post, too.

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  22. How sweet and precious they are Shelia. Such a lovely story xx

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  23. What a wonderful story!! The nativity is beautiful

    Kathy

    Kathy

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  24. And, that lady lives every day with Him in her heart, and He smiles on her and her family.

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  25. I enjoyed the story behind your Nativity scene (and I long for the days when magazines cost less than a dollar). Merry Christmas to you and your family! xxoo

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  26. What a sweet post! Your "friend" is one talented little lady.

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  27. Sweet, love the crochet nativity scene.. My nativity scene is from my Mom and put it out every year. So I enjoy the story behind yours. It is the reason for the season. Happy holidays!

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  28. Shelia, you are a very talented crocheter! This is beautiful! Love love love it! Merry Christmas to you and your dear hubby in your new home. I am back to posting a bit myself. And I need to get back into crocheting, too. You and some other sweet bloggers inspire me so much!

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  29. This is so sweet, Sheila! I'm sure your grandchildren love to look at your crochet nativity and it si safe enough to play with. You are one talented lady! Have a very Merry Christmas in NY!

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  30. Sweet Sheila, you are so talented. I love the little crochet nativity set. It is beautiful. This best part is it has a history, and it is still making history. Tender little hands have touched and felt the baby Jesus, and the little animals. What a precious treasure. The most important of all is that the Nativity has taught generations about the Lord Jesus Christ. And it will continue to teach about Him. Tenderly made by a sweet mother and grandmother. Hugs, to you my friend, Karie

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  31. how i love your crocheted nativity! creative and so cute. happy christmas and happy pink saturday! xo

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  32. I love your sweet story, Sheila! That sure is a talented lady who crocheted the little nativity ; ) It's adorable!

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  33. Amazing! I love nativities and this one is just the cutest and has the best memories ever. What a tresure!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  34. Your story is so sweet...what a treasure this talented lady is! Hugs, Penny

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  35. How clever to make a crocheted nativity! I love it. I crochet too so I know how much work went into it.

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  36. That is so sweet Shelia. It all looks so fresh and new- I wouldn't have guessed that they could have been created so long ago! I'm sure your grandkids love them and will look for them each year! It's wonderful to include the nativity and teach the story. God bless you and your family and best wishes for a beautiful Christmas!

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  37. What a lovely nativity and lovely story!! Isn't it wonderful to have a precious memory you can get out every year? "That Lady" did a beautiful job on her nativity!! Merry Christmas!

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  38. Awwww...such a sweet Nativity...created with simple yarn and your talent. Love it!

    Hugs,
    Jan

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  39. Oh most talented one, I LOVE this! Especially that it taught your children and grands the story of Christmas!!! So sweet!!! XO

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  40. Hello Maam Sheila,

    It's been ages I visited you but I never forget your lovely blog.

    If you visit me, then you will know the reason of my silence.

    Happy Holidays,

    Greetings,
    /CC

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  41. Sheila,
    Beautiful and touching post, warmed my heart and soul. Your love for Jesus shines through your precious hand crocheted Nativity Scene and your writing.
    Hugs,
    Jemma

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  42. So sweet! My daughters would've loved these when they were little.

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  43. Sweet Sheila, these are so precious and adorable. The true meaning of Christmas. You have an amazing talent and I know the grands are thrilled you can share these things with them. xo

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  44. Oh what a sweet story, I can almost hear you telling it Shelia! I loved hearing about how the little Nativity was used and the stories told to little children. You are precious too!
    Have a Blessed and very Merry Christmas.............hugs.

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  45. This is the prettiest Nativity I have ever seen! Just beautiful, Shelia!

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  46. Oh how sweet dear Shelia and the Nativity is adorable, like you are. May God bless you dear! You are way talented my friend. My grandgirls would probably want it bad, if they saw it!
    Wishing you a wonderful and a very Merry Christmas with your dear family.
    FABBY

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