Unwrapping The Christmas Creche – We Wait

Posted on Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

UnwrappingTheChristmasCrecheEarlier this year, my friend and blogosphere compatriot, Barbara Younger (FriendForTheRide.com), gifted me with a lovely book she co-authored with Lisa Flinn – Unwrapping The Christmas Creche.

I was thrilled to receive this pretty little book and immediately feasted with joy on the story and gorgeous illustrations.

I then carefully wrapped the book up and put it in with our Christmas creche, anticipating the unwrapping when December rolled around.

But then…

A funny thing happened on the way to Christmas.

Instead of unwrapping, we were wrapping.

The plan to unwrap and arrange our nativity this Christmas got waylaid.

I had every intention of writing a post this year as I unwrapped our Christmas creche, and use Barbara’s book as the inspiration. Because, just like the authors, we also have built a tradition around that one simple act of unwrapping and arranging the nativity.

So, why no post about Unwrapping The Christmas Creche?

We are moving back to Wisconsin. At this very moment, our worldly goods are bubble wrapped and sealed up in piles and piles of boxes.

All those little things we cherish are out of sight. It is not something I enjoy. I surround myself with these treasures for a reason; they comfort me and bring me joy.

This Christmas, I am not Unwrapping The Christmas Creche. Instead, everyone waits – Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the Magi, the shepherd, the angel, the animals, and I.

We all wait.

Perhaps, for me, at this moment, the waiting is as poignant as the unwrapping.

The tradition of unwrapping the creche, telling the story, and arranging each piece with care is something we love and look forward to each year.

This year, I am reminded of another time we waited.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying:

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Next Christmas, as we haul that big bin into the living room and open it up, we will certainly find even more joy as we finally get to see our beloved creche and share the story, not only of the birth, but of the waiting.

Merry Christmas!

p.s. Thank you, Barbara, for gifting me with your inspiring book. I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you during our much anticipated unwrapping next Christmas!

p.p.s. Please click on to take a look and order your own copy of Unwrapping The Christmas Creche written by Barbara Younger and Lisa Flinn. It is a beautifully written and illustrated book. Although it is written for children ages 4 to 8, this book is a delight for all ages.

p.p.p.s. Barbara Younger is also a featured writer (along with yours truly!) in a collection of stories called Tangerine Tango – Women Writers Share Slices Of Life. Please click on to take a look.

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6 Responses to
“Unwrapping The Christmas Creche – We Wait”

  • Barbara Younger says: December 25th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Plenty of unwrapping for other years, and the nativity figures will enjoy some extra sleep. Thanks for the shout out! Merry Christmas!
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  • Patti says: December 26th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Thank YOU, Barbara. Yes, perhaps the little family needs a rest. 😉 Thank you again and hope your family enjoyed a Merry Christmas. All good wishes for a wonderful New Year!

  • gretchen jack says: December 26th, 2013 at 6:32 am

    I KNOW there has to be a compelling reason to move back to Wisconsin in this frigid cold weather! So I am sending you my best wishes and prayers for good health and a safe and uneventful move.

  • Patti says: December 26th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Thank you, Gretchen. Oh yes… going home. 😉 Luckily, we know what to expect. Thanks again!

  • Julie Ann says: December 29th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Hi Patti, a very nice article!!! I am so happy your Christmas cr

  • Patti says: December 30th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Thank you so much, Julie! Your Mom will always be in our mind as we settle into our new home, remembering our cozy visits with her there. And, it will be so nice to have you nearby. We will see you soon!

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