I hope your Advent is a time of slowing down, and that the preparations for Christmas aren’t making you too stressed. The Advent season is relatively short this year. As always, we put up our decorations on Thanksgiving weekend, so we can enjoy them longer. We usually leave them up well into January. We try to leave them up until Epiphany, but it can depend on what else is going on in this house.
We have had our Nativity Set for over 15 years now. We bought it at Costco. It is beautiful. It came with a gorgeous dark wood stable, but I have never used it.
Instead I use this one. A simple, homemade stable that my Dad made. It made not be stunning, but I love this stable for two reasons: first, my Dad made it for me. He has been gone for over 15; yet when I look at this stable, I can feel his presence; and second, it reminds me the Jesus didn’t come in glory and splendor, but as a humble little baby, born in a stable or possible a cave with a manger and straw for his bed. For me it is the little things that make the Advent season so special waiting for the arrival of our Savior.
Because we are waiting, baby Jesus is not in the nativity set. He arrives after Mass on Christmas Eve.
Do you have a nativity set? Is Jesus there or do you wait for Him to come on Christmas?