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, 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