Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mamies Nativity


This is my grandmother Mamie's Nativity Scene. I don't know when she bought it or from where. But as far back as I can remember, every Christmas Eve, Mamie had her Nativity Scene set up. I am 52 years old and from the time that I can remember until her death in 1990,Mamie set up this scene. Some of my happiest memories are from Christmas Eve at Mamie and Empy's house at "The Ranch." Cousin and cousins and more cousins, food and Christmas Carols and games and sometimes snow are all thing things that made Christmas magical. But oh the Nativity scene.... sitting in it's place of honor on the piano or organ. After Empy died Mamie continued to have Christmas Eve at her house, but after Mamie died, each of her children carried on the tradition in their own home. When my mom asked me if I would like to have the Nativity Scene, I was so very happy. It represented everything that I always loved about Christmas. I didn't realize that it had a special spot in any of my children's hearts until the first Christmas I put it up and my oldest son Jayson was so excited to see it. You see he remembered it from Mamie's parties too. To him it represented all the magic of Christmas as a child. He quickly put his claim on it after I am gone! The funny thing is , all my kids want it! Jayson, Shaun and maybe Tanya remember the parties but I know that Tannis and well Ethan ( born 6 weeks before Mamie died,) well no way they have any memory of it~But they all want it! Now I have about 30 different Nativity Scenes from all around the world, but the one looked for and "fought" over who gets it, is Mamie's. I guess it is the one that memories are tied too, and the one that family is tied to. After all part of the magic of Christmas is memories of Christmas past and looking forward to future Christmas's with family.
May the magic of Christmas past, present and future be with all the ones we love!
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