I really like our Willow Tree nativity set, and it usually resides on the refinished buffet in our entry foyer for the Christmas season. Sometimes I add garland or lights or ribbon (or some combination there of)… But this year I went for a simpler look.
I cleared off the photo frames and set up our nativity, adding the thrifted manger/creche I picked up for $2 a couple of months ago. This year, I’m giving the wise men and their camel a rest (after all, the “wise men” did not visit Jesus in the manger, so I’m not sure why they are included in nativity sets, but that’s a rabbit trail for another day, yes?).
It looked nice to me, but I decided to give the “hotel art” a little makeover and some gainful employment as a backdrop. So I squirted black, navy, blue, then light blue in stripes across the canvas going from darkest at the bottom to lightest at the top and blended away until I had a nice gradated look, akin to a night sky. Once that was dry, I added a star.
Um… which I did not like for even two seconds (the star was just too much). I thought about maybe doing a scripture verse instead… Luke 2:8-11 would be wonderful…
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.
So–squirt squirt squirt blend blend blend–I painted the canvas background again. In the end, I decided to still do a star, but I made it four-pointed and more slight. I think it looks a bit like a cross (perfect), and this time I love it.
Ahhh, much better.
And there it is in its place. I didn’t even take the other painting down: this one is just leaning against it.
So, anyone else out there have the urge to tweak and change your decorations each year (like me), or are you a tried-and-true, always-just-so kind of Christmas decorator? Do tell!