Remember December: O is for " Over Their Flocks"

For JBelle

I received this nativity set for Christmas one year when I was a child. I picked it out in the Sears catalog and I still set it up each year. We figured out tonight it has helped me celebrate at least forty-five years of the birth of Jesus.

This is the verse I always think of when I unpack it and set it up on the piano. My friend JBelle has an amazing collection of nativities that you can view here. Just scroll down to see all of them.

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. "Luke 2:11


  1. Hey, I have the some of the same verses on my blog tonight. Great minds think alike!!!

  2. I am STILL amazed by those shepherds and their simple faith. Such a wonderful time to celebrate this Birth--wishing you blessings galore!
    p.s. Do you realize how touching it is to read that you picked out a nativity scene from the Sears catalog--that you wanted one at an early age?!

  3. What a magnificent surprise. Thank you so much. I echo nonizamboni's observation that you combing the Sears catalog for a nativity scene as a little girl is so sweetly special. Really, really special. :) xoxoxoxo

  4. My favorite, as you know, is: "Fear not; I bring you glad tidings of great joy."

  5. SVG... great minds do work alike, especially our minds!!
    noni....I have always wanted to update my nativity, but have never found one quite like this one!
    JBelle, If my memory serves me right I think there were a few nativities to choose from "way back then". I love that verse you quoted also.
    I hope you got home today... I am watching this mess at the 'Kan right now... not good.


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