First things first...We are truly blessed to have the means to set a pretty table and invite our friends to join us for good food and fellowship. As the holiday season progresses I am mindful that many are not so fortunate. My daughter has a passion for the work of the Food Bank. As a singer-songwriter, she has written and recorded a song that is the anthem for the world wide Crop Hunger Walk project. Her song, "Raise Your Voice" is featured in their video. I've included a link in the side margin of my blog. I hope that it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.
Eleven months of the year, our entry hall looks like this...or a variation of this....
But come December, the console table in our foyer experiences a marvelous metamorphosis...
Each Christmas season, I can hardly wait to retrieve our Simpich Nativity Collection from its spot in the Christmas closet in one of the guest rooms. They've waited all year to take center stage, and now is their time to shine. To learn a bit more about The Simpich Dolls, check HERE.
Some years, I lay a base of dried baby's breath over multiple twinkle lights. This year I tweaked my design a bit by using a large piece of copper mesh fabric over the lights. In the manger area, I also layered a 'spun gold' material that reminded me of straw. I really like the glowing effect that it creates.
Mary lovingly cradles this most special baby, and Joseph stands protectively by their side. The fabrics used for the dolls clothing are wonderful...their clothing was handmade by the artisans in the Simpich Store.
I love that the old shepherd is bringing a lamb as his gift to The Lamb of God. The young shepherd was not a part of the original grouping. He was added a few years later, and I was thrilled when Sweet Mister added him to my collection.
The fabrics used for the Three Wise Men are beautiful...befitting Three Kings of the Orient who traveled afar. I love the gentle look on the face of the oldest king.
The camel was also a later addition to the collection. He is made of Olive Wood, and the Simpich family had him imported from Israel. He's beautifully carved.
"But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15. For our house, Jesus is the reason for the season. I love that my children were taught that the reason that we give gifts at Christmas is to symbolize the greatest gift of all...the gift that God gave us when he sent His Son. I would love to think that some day you might walk through our door at Christmas time, and I would have the blessing of sharing our treasured Nativity with you. As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we pause to give thanks to God for all we received, all He provided for us to give, and for the moments we were in His will and felt closest to Him. Merry Christmas!
I am linking to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her weekly meme, Metamorphosis Monday. On Sunday evening click the button below to link to all the wonderful bloggers who are participating in Susan's party this week. Thank you, Susan, for providing this marvelous forum.
You can check out KC's music at www.kcclifford.com, on iTunes, and on YouTube. I hope that you'll take a few minutes and give her a listen. You'll also enjoy reading back through her blog on this site. The girl can really write! Her latest CD is called "Orchid." It is available on iTunes or through her website. KC is currently the featured artist of the week at http://jivepk.jivewired.com/kcclifford. I hope that you'll give her music a chance. I know that I have zero objectivity where she is concerned, but I think that you'll fall in love with her music and her! You can also watch her perform in various YouTube videos.