Merry Christmas

Each of my nativity sets holds a special place in my heart, but I’m especially fond of these figures hand made in Puerto Rico:

Maui Stamper Nativity Puerto Rican SantosIn the Puerto Rican culture, these are called Santos.  Mr. Maui Stamper and I were in San Juan many years ago, and I looked at a lot of Santos before choosing mine.

Maui Stamper Nativity Puerto Rican SantosThe Magi were the hardest for me to select.  There were so many colors and postures, and if you know me at all, you know I have a terrible time narrowing things down.  I’m sure the people in the small shop wondered what I was doing, turning all the Magi this way and that.

Maui Stamper Nativity Puerto Rican SantosThis trio finally persuaded me that they should come home with me.

Maui Stamper Nativity Puerto Rican SantosThe faces on the ox and the ass look so patient, and I fell in love with the horns on the ox – they were part of the set and there was no doubt in my mind that they belonged!

Maui Stamper Nativity Puerto Rican SantosThis is one of the few Nativities that I have where the baby Jesus is actually proportional to his mother.  The faces on Mary and Joseph are so serious, although I think that’s because these are relatively small, simply carved figures – there isn’t a lot of room for expression.

Maui Stamper Nativity Puerto Rican SantosDisplaying and sharing these simple scenes from all parts of the worlds helps to remind me of the universality of faith.  There are so many ways we are different, but the belief in a loving and merciful God transcends those differences.  When it seems that we just can’t get along, that peace is impossible, I remember that one Child changed the world.

Peace be to you and to yours this Christmas.

For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you: You shall find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.                   Luke 2:11-12


2 thoughts on “Merry Christmas

  1. Merry Christmas, Anne. I have been sick with Bronchitis for the last 2 weeks and just never finished my long list of things to do. Sleeping up to 20 hours a day for a week really made me take a long look at my list and realize it wasn’t important. Family and friends are important. So, I hope you and your family have a very blessed and wonderful Christmas. Granddaughters were happy and my grown children loved their mason jars from pinterest. We delivered a turkey and Christmas cookies to the homeless shelter-leaves a warm feeling in your heart. Now for a restful day of Christmas movies and still being pampered by my husband. Please enjoy your weather for me!   Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!   mary travis


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