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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ Dec. 17, 2011

This is the "better late than never" edition of {phfr}!

For the last few years I've been enjoying the simple beauty of evergreen for Christmas decorations. Instead of packing a lot of things away and replacing them with Christmas-themed doodads, I've been just adding a sprig of evergreen here and there. It adds a festive touch without a lot of rearranging. Here is the shelf in the kitchen all decked out with boughs of, well, not holly, but evergreen. Isn't it {pretty}?

When my in-laws were moving to a new house a few years ago, we helped them go through forty-plus years of accumulated stuff. My mother-in-law didn't want this nativity set anymore, so she gave it to me. I don't know how old it is, but it comes from a refugee camp near Jericho in Jordan. I'm {happy} to have it! I put it on top of our microwave in the kitchen. This is the only nativity set we own in which Baby Jesus, who will make his appearance on Christmas Eve, can be removed from the manger.

My favorite piece of this nativity set is the cute little donkey. I think he's {funny}!

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  1. I love your nativity -- I would love to have one like that! It's truly beautiful!

  2. What a lovely nativity and I've never seen one like it in Jordan or the West Bank (Jordan probably controlled the West Bank when your in-laws purchased it but it is no longer under its control.) I've only ever seen carved olive wood nativities so I think this one is very unique.

  3. I love that nativity. What a treasure!

    We had to cut several of the lowest branches off the Christmas tree this year so it would go in the stand. I snipped them down into medium sized branches and covered my mantle with pine branches and a strand of white lights. So pretty and easy. I have been leaving many of my Christmas doodads (I love that word!) in the boxes the last couple of years, too.

  4. I have the exact same nativity. Mine was a gift from my grandmother who purchased it in the early 60's in Jordan.

    1. Wow! I suspected it came from that time period, but I'm glad to have confirmation. Thanks, Candice!


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