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.
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