I'm pulling out my Christmas decor, now that Thanksgiving is over. I admit I did already have one of my vintage aluminum trees already up (I'll show you later)..... but that was all.
One of my cherished pieces is this manger scene. It belonged to my Grandmother, my mother's mother. As children we called her Mommy Cheek (of course Cheek being her last name). As an adult, I was very close to her and at some point affectionately began to call her Granny. :) She didn't mind.
One year, my sister Vicky was going through her "ceramic art" period and during that time, she made my grandmother an amazing set of manger pieces, large compared to this and oh so beautiful. After that, it is all my Granny used and so within a Christmas or two, she offered me the one she was using before and I took it ! I had the pieces of the one my family had when I was a child, but it's cardboard manger was long gone, so this was happily welcomed. I don't know how long I've had it now, more than 30 years, but probably not as much as 40.
I'm sure it was an inexpensive department store manger and you can tell the painting of details leaves a LOT to be desired, but it's overall appearance is sufficient enough.
As you can see, in this version Baby Jesus was not wrapped in swaddling cloths, but had a simple green loin cloth instead.
Did you laugh? I did when I typed that.
Here we see a wise man which appears to be carrying a hefty piece of gold.... or gold chest.
The other wise man is carrying a jar, which I am just sure has frankenscence or myrrh in it. A third wise man didn't make it onto the scene in this version. Maybe he got there later. :)
Now the angel, eh hem, seems to be particularly messy. I don't think it is because of age or use as she is hanging under the eve of the manger. I do believe she came just like this, green eye shadow and all ! I'm only guessing that because otherwise her eyes seem to be looking down and that was the best I could figure. GLORIA ! for sure.
The manger has held up well and appears to be made from very thin plywood? The top has square bits of shaved wood glued to it.
Behind the angel, in the peak of the back wall, there is a hole where a one bulb cord is attached. When it was given to me it had a blue light bulb in it that was burned out, so that is what I replaced it with.
I'm guessing that is supposed to give the scene somewhat of a "night glow"
So there it is !
I do so love everything about Christmas !
I'm having a long weekend because of the Thanksgiving holiday and I am loving it, but it is over half over and that is too fast ! It is also a gray rainy day here today, but there is so much to be done inside, I don't really mind.
I hope you are having a really nice day and that your heart is merry.