All my life, I remember my mom setting up the Hummel figurines in the manger scene. When they went on their honeymoon in 1955, my parents went to Europe, and one of their stops was in Germany where Mom bought the core of the Hummel manger scene. Over the years, she added a few extras, and for Christmas 1995 when I was pregnant with the Darling Munchkin, Mom gave me the whole crêche ensemble.
And so, each year for Christmas I've tried to keep the tradition going. I gather evergreen sprigs and white fairy lights, and set up the crêche...
I worship the God who humbled Himself and came to earth as a baby, born in a rude stable. He lived a perfect life, showed us the love of His Father, died on the Cross to pay for our sins, and rose to prove that His grace and mercy were absolutely all that sinful man needed to be reconciled to his Creator God.
Christ Jesus, I praise You for all You did for me... but Your humble birth reminds me that You know all my trials, and You know all my pains and worries. Savior, be reborn in me today, and may I praise Your Name and live so that I lift Your life up to all people!
May you have a blessed Christmas, filled with the love and peace of God who gave His Son so that we may be gathered into His family and reconciled with our holy Creator!