Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Creches

They came from Peru and Uganda and Poland and Germany. They were made of wood and porcelain, silver and stone. They were small and large, sweet and serious.

The creches I saw this morning after Mass were assembled for blessing. They were family heirlooms, souvenirs of travel, some a little battered around the edges.

The nativity scene I grew up with is in no shape to photograph. It's battered and chipped and its little cardboard stable would be in the trash if I didn't own it.  But it figures into my earliest Christmas memories and is precious for that reason.

This is a new creche, a little ornament I bought today. I'm giving it to Claire for her first Christmas tree. I hope it will work its way into some memories, too.


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