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Posted 11-01-2008 at 11:31 AM by Gingerbug

This entry is an excerpt from my blog Ginger's Journey...

Christmas is coming. Faster than I thought possible. Today I worked on my Christmas Notebook and started finalizing my lists...yikes there's still lots to do.

I have been looking at adding a new nativity set this year. I have several but most are novelty a snowman nativity set and a Boyds Bears one....and even though I love them...I wanted a nativity set with a bit more realism to it...I have a couple smallish ones that fit the bill but not a main one...I looked at several from Italy and a couple generic ones from the USA....there was a nice Native American one also. But then this one from Mexico caught my eye on Ebay. I like the size...the main figures are about four and a half inches managable without being tiny...the painted details add a whimsical touch to the set...and so it is MINE....but it won't arrive for a couple of weeks!

Another addition this year is a Advent wreath candle has the tiny purple and pink candles with a place in the center for the white candle representing Christmas Day....I ordered it several months ago and have it stashed away just waiting for the holiday season to arrive. It is pewter and has a verse engraved along the base.

As I have mentioned before I am downsizing on the holiday decor this year...and so not many new items will be added. These are the main two items that will be new and then I will be VERY selective in what I unpack from the dozens of holiday boxes I have accumulated over the years. I followed this simplified approach with the fall decor and what I have out is lovely without being overwhelming...I like it!

This year I am approaching Christmas with a heart full of faith, joy, and hope....and isn't that what the whole season is about. While I am cutting back on the gift lists and decor items...I'm trying to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas...the love, peace, and hope that the birth of Christ evoked. I am thinking about the Christmas Story more and more. I wrote once before that I wonder if I could have been the shepards....leaving their fields to find the new born Christ Child...following a star with wonder and uncertainty. Traveling on a journey based on faith. Or what about the Wisemen...leaving the comfort of their homelands to travel across unknown lands to bear gifts for the Baby Jesus. I hope that I could have been as adventurous...that faith and trust would have carried me on the journey of a lifetime....can you just imagine if they had missed out on the very event that shaped the future of mankind...because of self doubt or fear of the unknown.

So as we quickly move into November.... celebrate with me for the greatest journey of the journey to Christmas...
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