Celebrating Christmas as the Birth of Christ

“O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,

It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth.”

Placide Cappeau 

“O Holy Night” is my favorite Christmas song as well as one of my all-time favorites. The stanzas create a tender setting of Christ’s birth. With all that Mary endured while traveling and being in an unfamiliar place, “… Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19, KJV). Mary received a true blessing that night-

The Nativity scene is the star of the season and the focal point of this home’s decorations. Our Nativities are displayed in the main living area.

No matter how many Nativities are exhibited, the Nativity’s true meaning resides within my heart.  The Nativity story is found in Luke 2: 1-20.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”


16 And they [Shepherds] came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.”

Crude stable made from a cardboard box and raffia. The Willow Tree Nativity pieces were collected over multiple years. A “Silent Night” reigns forever more.
A sweet friend surprised me with this precious Nativity. I love how the sun creates a star shining upon this peaceful scene.
My sister gave me this Holy Family from her visit to the Holy Land. The intricate details in the carved wood give a calming effect of the special night that we celebrate yearly.
The Shepherds are missing from this Nativity. This set has been displayed for 25 years. I am amazed that these pieces remain.
This Nativity and church sit together on the pie safe. My mother was very intentional with highlighting the small details of each piece. Again, this Nativity was crafted in 1995 before our family increased. The children always enjoyed placing the pieces into a complete setting.

Remember that Jesus is the reason of the season.

May you find comfort in this Christmas season as I have in placing my faith in His holy birth.

Blessings- Jan

Published by jnstover

I am a new retiree due to health issues. I am a former educator who in return was a student to the many personalities in my classroom. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I am building one stick at a time in my life as I adjust/accept my current season of being a homemaker.

2 thoughts on “Celebrating Christmas as the Birth of Christ

  1. Oh you are so right! I cringe every time I hear the media discussing the supply chain and how it could negatively affect Christmas. Ug! We give gifts, but that’s not what makes Christmas. It’s part of it, just one part. My nativity set was carved by my dad in 1984, and I proudly display it on our mantle each year. He modeled it after the one my parents had displayed for years. I still have some of those original pieces from my parents’ set which I display in my mom’s home. Your nativity sets are beautiful. Your mother is after my own heart with how she painted the church and the nativity pieces. I like the simple and elegant look which she achieved by carefully highlighting with gold just a bit on each piece. As you said, very deliberate. Blessings to you this Christmas season!

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