One day I was searching Ebay and happened to see what appeared to be a set of hand carved wooden figures from someplace in Europe. As I carefully looked at the pictures, I was reminded of a picture of a creche I had seen a long time ago, that was set up in a little village church. It had a wonderful cast of characters and it looked like a village scene, with a mountain background and a little town. The figures were carved from wood and really wonderful.
This set of wooden figures were not in the best condition but it had many and I mean many pieces.
There was an elephant, camel, donkey, bull or cow, dog, horse and many sheep and lambs. The figures also included several shepherds, village people, the three kings, Mary Joseph and of course the baby Jesus. Also there were two angels.
Of course I bid immediately and aggressively! I won! Unfortunately, the seller sent it to the wrong buyer and by the time I got the package, it looked like it had been in a war zone.
I carefully unpacked everything and realized that a couple of the figures needed glue and all needed some careful paint restoration. Someone long ago, it looked almost childish, had repainted the faces of the people and it was not good. I carefully restored the faces and re-glued the necessary parts.
It was worth it and I love love love my little wooden creche! So do my little granddaughters! I realized one Christmas, that the sheep seemed to be moving around the tree. My little granddaughter had been at my house a few days earlier and I think she moved them around every time she came over!
|THE SHEPHERDS AND THEIR FLOCK|
|THE BABY JESUS AND FAMILY|
|THE THREE KINGS|
|SHEPHERD LOOKING FOR THE STABLE|
|ANGEL ANNOUNCING THE BABY JESUS|
|ANGEL GIVING MESSAGE OF GLORY!|
I hope you enjoy this post and seeing my creche!