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Guest Post: I Collect Nativities…by Linda McQuinn Carlblom

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Guest Post: I Collect Nativities…by Linda McQuinn Carlblom

Happy birthday, Jesus! Merry Christmas, all who read this today. This article was previously posted on Parenting With a Smile.

Something you probably don’t know is that I collect nativities. I don’t have a bunch of them, but I do love the ones I have. Several of them were given to me. Here are pictures of some of my favorites.

Southwestern Nativity – This was giving to by my friend, Donna. I love how different it is from any others I have. I also love the detail and that the drummer boy is playing a tom-tom. Living in Arizona, it’s perfect for my southwestern culture.

 

Traditional Ceramic – This was my first nativity and I’ve put it out for over thirty years. I love the soft colors and the sweet faces of the holy family.

 

Olive Wood – This nativity is special to me because my parents brought it back to me from the Holy Land. Sadly, some of the pieces have been lost through the years. But I still put it out because it comes from the actual birthplace of our Savior.

Cloth nativity – This one doesn’t live at my house any more, but it did for many years while my children were growing up. My mom made it for them and now my grandchildren enjoy it at my daughter’s house. They can play with the figures without fear of breaking them.

Newest addition – I was given this simple nativity this year, again by my friend, Donna. Isn’t it beautiful?

While I was writing this blog, my daughter texted me a picture of my only granddaughter, Lillian, in her new Christmas dress. I just had to include it in this post because I’ve never seen a Christmas dress quite like it. So this isn’t really part of my nativity collection, but it’s a great excuse to show off my darling five-year-old granddaughter. ūüôā Don’t you think?

 

Do you have nativity sets you put up at Christmas? Please share descriptions of them and any nativity family traditions in the comments.

Linda

Guest Post: Our Advent Calendar…by Linda McQuinn Carlblom

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Guest Post: Our Advent Calendar…by Linda McQuinn Carlblom

Our Advent Calendar previously appeared on one of my favorite blogs, Parenting with a Smile. I was so blessed by Linda’s Christmas posts last year that I asked her if I could share some of them on ARHtistic License this year. Since today is the first Sunday in Advent, this article is especially apropos.

It’s Timeless Tuesday here at PWAS so I wanted to share with you one of our most timeless Christmas traditions, my daughter’s advent calendar.

My daughter, Ashley, is my parents’ youngest grandchild. She is seventeen years younger than the oldest grandchild. Around each grandchild’s third Christmas, my mom made them an advent calendar.

Mom lovingly sewed each calendar using the same pattern, yet made each one unique. Some of the pockets have numbers on them and some have bows. The Christmas trees on some have trunks and others do not. Some have cloth borders and some are entirely felt.  Finally, Mom added a hand-written label on the back of each one that had a special message of love to that child.

Once the calendar was sewn, Mom went to the store and found little Christmas do-dads that would fit inside the tiny pockets. She stuck a strip of Velcro on the back of each item so it could stick to the felt Christmas tree.

On December 1, the child takes the ornament from the first pocket and sticks it on the tree. The last ornament to be pulled from the last pocket is the one that goes on top of the tree. For some it’s a star, for others it’s an angel.

All three of my children and all their cousins have enjoyed their advent calendars through the years. As they’ve grown up and moved away, their calendars have gone with them. Some share them with their spouses and their own children now. It’s a reminder of home, family, and a grandma who loves them.

Does your family have an advent calendar? Share about it in the comments.

Linda