It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, December 07, 2009

Chapter 12, Page 7, Book 09


Ma’s Christmas tip for Today:

Wait until Christmas morning to place Jesus in your Nativity scene

This sets up a mood of anticipation; everything is in place -- but He has not yet come. Displaying a nativity is an important tradition in my family. It’s something that reminds us every day of the Christmas season, why we celebrate it in the first place

Here is my baby Jesus that will be wrapped in a Christmas napkin and tucked away in the drawer till Christmas morning.

One custom says that each day of Advent children are allowed to place a wisp of straw in the manger for each good deed done that day. Thus the Christ Child, when He comes on Christmas Day, will find a soft bed of straw to protect Him from the hard boards of the manger. This simple custom teaches children that the acquisition of virtue is the best way to prepare for the Lord's coming

Traditions are great around the holidays because it bonds the family together, it gives you something unique to look forward to, and it invites a shared past that children can pass on to future generations

Older people might recall that their parents and grandparents were strict in not decorating the house or putting up the Christmas tree until Christmas Eve. Bawdy, bright colors and tinsel contradicted Advent’s spare, sober holiness.

How times have changed…

‘On Ya’-ma


Hollie said...

What a wonderful thing to do!

Scrappy quilter said...

Great idea!! We always have our nativity scene out before anything else. I made it years ago (42 years to be exact) and it's our most important Christmas item. Hugs..

betty said...

I forgot all about the straw, Ma, until you mentioned it. I remember doing it at school if we were good; we all wanted lots of straw in the manger. It is funny how traditions have changed over the years, isn't it?