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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Vintage Christmas Monday

I just started to participate in Joan's blog group titled "Vintage Christmas Monday". You can view her blog and the other vintage Christmas participants by clicking on the top button in my right sidebar.
This Monday I'm including a very old manger that my parents probably bought between 1946-1951 in Rockford, IL. I have such fond memories of this manger which was usually under our tree or on a close-by table. I always wanted baby Jesus to be warm so I would add Kleenex and cotton balls to His "crib". Sometimes I would wrap Him in cloth to make sure that He was extra warm. All the straw that was in the "crib", on the roof and on the floor is long gone but the warm, striking memories will always be with me.


You can see some cotton and tissue under the figure of baby Jesus in this photo. I was so happy when my mother gave the old manger to me so I could display it every Christmas. The little "crib" holding Jesus has lost its front legs and some of the sheep have seen better days, but I cherish this manger and all the happy memories that it brings to mind.
Visit other blogs and see more vintage Christmas things on display.

12 comments:

Linda said...

How sweet of you to want to make sure that baby Jesus was warm...thanks so much for sharing with all of us!

Blessings,
Linda

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Lovely manger set. they don't make them like this anymore. Stop by my blog, I am having a Christmas giveaway! Merry Christmas!

Debbie

Dragonfly Treasure said...

So sweet of you to keep Baby Jesus warm. Your memories are such treasures.
*hugs*deb

Denise said...

What a special and beautiful manger scene you have. I know I treasure everything that came from my parents. Thank you so much for sharing.

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

How beautiful and how precious you would wrap the baby Jesus in a tissue to keep him warm... Bisous... Julie Marie

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

This is precious, especially with the memories that go with it. I love nativity sets. I love that you wanted Baby Jesus to be warm. We women are nurturers from a young age, aren't we? Thanks for sharing.
Blessings,
Marcia

Kelly Ballard said...

What a sweet little manger and the memories with it from your childhood. I still remember the manger we had as children. Every year it became more raggedy and decrepit but we cherished it so and always looked forward to taking it out of it's box, gently unwrapping it and lovingly setting it up. We moved so much that I'm sure over the years it was discarded at some point. But i guess even if I don't have the manger I will cherish the memory of it.

Kelly
Second Hand Chicks

julie said...

This is wonderful and I love the background. It looks like it is in perfect condition. Have a great day...julie

Yarni Gras! said...

Oh, I love this sweet nativity.

Thank you for your sweet comment on my giveaway posting!

Jane said...

That is a lovely Nativity scene with just as lovely memories. I too remember the Nativity scene from my childhood. It was one of our favorite decorations to get out every year.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today.
Jane

The Lazy Peacock said...

lovely manger, and lovely story!

Gypsy Fish said...

OMG...I used to do the same thing with baby Jesus! ....we actually used to wrap little boxes with birthday wrapping and stick them in the display...much to my mothers dismay she left them there anyway....
Happy (belated) VCM...
Beth