The First Noel the Angels did say
Was to Certain Poor shepherds in fields as they lay,
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel!
Born is the King of Israel!
Traditional English Carol, 17th Century
I bought my main nativity 22 years ago. It was the first year of our marriage. It had been a very tough year for us. Among other things, my husband had been out of a job for six months and had just recently started a new job. One weekend in November my boss offered us a stay at his cabin at Sea Ranch, California. We spent a wonderful weekend recreating on the coast. We drove up the coast to the little town of Mendocino where we found this nativity set in a small gift shop. We also were interested in dining at, what I recall now, was a Russian restaurant in Mendocino. When I found this nativity, I was much more interested in it than dining; our finances would only allow one or the other. So we bought the nativity, and skipped the dinner, and I have always loved it. It is white with a gray wash. The detail of the nativity enchants me.
On this shepherd's face, there is a look of awe that I am sure was on the shepherds' face of long ago when the Angel appeared to them as "they were keeping their sheep."
I am joyfully participating in Lyn's "Reason for the Season." I do a lot of baking and making during the holiday season, but there would be no Christmas without Christ! He is our Saviour and our Redeemer. He made it possible for us to repent and to live again with our loved ones.
I am hosting a "It's Your Wonderful Life" Party where you can win a Mrs. Christmas Apron. Click HERE for more information.