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decorating for Christmas #5

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I have quite a few nativity scenes. My favorite is my set of figures by ™Avon. I collected them more than 30 years ago and it was this set we used when my son was little. We used it to tell the story of the Nativity, starting with an empty manger, putting the angels with the shepherds to announce Jesus’ birth, moving the wise men ever closer to the stable.



I actually have three ‘little drummer boys’ for the set; two of these belonged to my mom. I bought one drummer boy each for my mom and my mother-in-law, and gave one to Mom in 1992. Then I forgot I had given her the first, so she got another from me in 1993. I know the years because Mom labelled her belongings with the giver and year. My mother-in-law never did get a drummer boy figure!


the three drummer boys: one of mine and two of Mom’s 1992 and 1993 (left to right)


boxes for the drummer boys, carefully labelled by Mom


One of my favorite parts of the Nativity scene is the white satin cloth with golden stars that make a backdrop to the figurines, reminiscent of the star-studded sky in Bethlehem.



Merry Christmas from the drummer boys …


Copyright Jane Tims 2017  

Written by jane tims

December 22, 2017 at 7:47 am

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  1. What a beautiful teaching story of patience and wonder; the nativity scene when your son was little…anticipating the wise men’s steps with a different scene each day/night as they draw closer to the manger….(tears!)


    Barbara Beazley

    December 22, 2017 at 8:59 am

    • Hi Barb. Great to hear from you. Hope you have a great Christmas with your family. Love, Jane


      jane tims

      December 22, 2017 at 10:20 am

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