Thursday, December 10, 2015


This summer we went through our German Nativity set pieces and realized that something was going wrong.  Many of the pieces were just dissolving and there was no evidence of why or where the plaster composition was falling off - just gone!  We then paid a visit to the Doll Doctor who worked on our set.  This set was give to us from my husband's Mother.  It is from the German family that adopted her as a baby and we imagine it is over 100 years old.

The set is fairly extensive - it even has waxed paper Palm Trees.  I think there are 20 pieces beside the creche itself.

We visited Bethlehem in 1999.  My Mother In Law paid for her 2 sons and their wives to go.  I remember visiting The Church of the Holy Nativity which overshadows the place where it is believed that Jesus was born.   

I love the story of Mary:
Matthew 1:20b-21   ......the angel of the Lord appeared unto him (Joseph) in a dream, saying, Joseph thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife; for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:  for he shall save his people from their sins.

the story of the shepherds:
Luke 2:8-12
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon the, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

the story of the wise men:
Matthew 2:1-2
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews?  for we have seen his star in he east, and are come to worship him.

Vs 11  And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him:  and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold and frankincense, and myrrh.

I hope you will take a few moments during the Christmas Season to reflect on what Christmas is all about!  


Martha said...

What a great nativity set and what a wonderful history. I LOVE all the pieces! My first set (when I married) was an old German one. When I got my grandmother's, I saved the German one (I believe in one tree -- one nativity) and last year gave it to Sarah. It was part of her childhood as mine was part of mine.

ellen b. said...

Lovely nativities. I'm on the look out for more to add to my small collection...

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Bernideen, What a special Nativity Set and so precious that it has stayed in the family. So nice that you have been to Bethlehem. I like your Staffordshire dogs, those are big ones! :)

Doni said...

Hello Bernideen!
What a lovely manger scene, and a lovely history to go with. It too! I love that your family have such a precious heirloom.
And thank you for commenting on my blog post. The emotions you must have I can honestly say I understand. Such things truly make US sisters together not only in circumstance, but more so in the family of God. Thank you for sharing that with us.
I pray you and your family have a loving holiday and grow closer with each day.

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

What a beautiful set! I'm glad you were able to get it fixed. That is a treasure!

I love the story - so Thankful that God's plan was to redeem us from our sin. He did it in such a personal way, too, when he sent his own son to die.


Linda said...

What a beautiful treasure you have with your nativity set! We enjoy our sets and appreciate the visible reminder of the love that came down so long ago. Linda @bushelandapickle

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a treasure you have there, Bernideen! The Nativity set looks so beautiful, and I know you must love setting it up every year. The trip to Bethlehem must've be such an emotional and spiritual journey. Thank you for sharing the special verses with us and for remembering the real reason for the season.

Susan Freeman said...

What a beautiful Nativity set. You are so fortunate to have visited Bethlehem.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley