Tis the season! I love placing my nativities each year. I place one on the buffet in the dining room…this is one I’ve had for a number of years. The other nativity is one my late mother-in-law used to display each year in her home. I place that one in the living room on a sofa table. Both mean so much to me.
I have several other smaller nativities that I’ve bought over the years. I found several at Sojourns, A Fair Trade Store, in Birmingham, Alabama. I always love the things that my friend, Melissa Kendrick, has at her store! This year I found a beautiful musical nativity in wood that plays silent night when you turn the star. I gave this one to my newly married daughter to set beside her first tree.
Today I was Christmas shopping and since it’s Wednesday, I decided to pop into my neighborhood Salvation Army Thrift Store to see what I could find. Wow! First of all, Wednesdays at special discount days and since it’s the Christmas season, they are doing even more to bring people into the store. All Christmas items were 50% off and everything else in the store was 25% off. I got there early – around 10:30 – as I was heading to the mall to make a few final Christmas purchases. Wow…I couldn’t believe all the things I found today! In particular, two nativities…
The first one I found was made of wood and has middle eastern faces – with dark hair and skin. I loved it the moment I saw it… I bought it for $1. Since historians agree that Jesus was of middle eastern descent, this nativity makes perfect sense. I also love the rustic feel of the whole scene.
Next, I spotted a Peruvian nativity that has a place for a votive in the back. Now, I have a few Peruvian Christmas items and this just fits in perfectly with the rest. I got this was for $1.50.
I’d say I did pretty well with my Christmas thrift store shopping today, wouldn’t you?