My other favorite items are the Christmas pieces my mother painted such as this little candle box. Mama painted the manger scene on the back. When the candle is lit, baby Jesus' face seems to glow. I can remember sitting and staring at this as a child. Such a sweet picture of children paying homage to their savior. It is one of the last items I found when we cleaned out my parents' house and I was upset when I thought I would not find it.
Mama painted this sweet child and tree on a wooden sled. I can't remember a Christmas from my childhood when this wasn't hanging in our home. I think it was painted before I was born.
Another reason it's a favorite is because it is one of the paintings Mama signed.
This is another painting she did on a small wooden sled. She copied this image from a Christmas card and it always hung in our kitchen on the farm. Another treasured item!
A few weeks after we were married, we found a Fontanini nativity starter set on post-Christmas clearance. They rarely go on sale, so we were so excited. For several years after, instead of giving each other presents for our anniversary, we bought new pieces for our nativity. It is a beautiful reminder of our savior's birth and it also reminds us of our first years together.
I am so thankful for so many precious memories of Christmas. Not all of the items from my childhood are Christ-centered and some are downright secular, but they are the only physical connection we have to my parents. My children have no living grandparents so photographs, stories, and keepsakes are the only way for them to get to know them. I pray that I can help my children have precious memories of their own for this holy season.
Of course, more precious than things are our beautiful gifts from God:
Merry Christmas & God bless you during this holy season!