While the washing machine and the microwave do my work for me, I’ll sit here with my laptoy and show you what I found today. Actually, I found this last week as I walked past the gift shop at Friendsview Retirement Community. I admired it through the gate the shopkeepers pull at closing time and of course wondered how highly they valued it in trade. Friday is my day to deliver to the NFC residents printouts of the weekly electronic newsletter I produce for the church, so while I was in the neighborhood I went to the gift shop to check. I liked it every bit as much, maybe more.
For years now, literally, I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect nativity scene. Every Christmas shop I visit, I find Santas and snowmen and angels and snowflakes and every imaginable tree ornament but only the occasional creche. And the ones I do find are more often than not non-humans.
So I picked up the Joseph figure because the price tag was hanging from his head. I gasped—but not because they wanted too much. $13.29! Who sells anything for $13.29 anymore? Sold!
I like a lot of things about this set. I like how the family fits so nicely together. I like that Mary is holding her baby, not gazing down at him in a manger. She almost looks as though she’s thinking What do I do now? At first I wondered why she wasn’t looking at her newborn. I remember not being able to accomplish a thing after Ben was born because I couldn’t take my eyes off of him, so in awe was I. But maybe it’s better that she doesn’t appear to be a doting mother. Whatever…I’m glad to have this simple reminder of Jesus’ arrival on earth. I might decide to leave it out all year.