This post was originally published November 8, 2011.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a natural at decorating!! But each Christmas, my husband and I have enjoyed sprucing up our home with nativity sets we have collected from all over the world.
One of my favorite childhood memories from the Christmas season is playing with my parents’ nativity set. Sure, often Fisher Price Little People or the occasional Strawberry Shortcake figurine or Barbie might have ended up being part of the Christmas story.
But I absolutely loved it–and I believe it helped instill in me the true meaning of Christmas from a very early age.
During my late teens and throughout my 20s, God gave me the opportunity to serve on many mission trips–and even spend a year in Costa Rica and a semester in Canada. My husband had similar experiences.
When we married in 2005, we decided to start collecting unique nativity sets from each country we visited.
We display these each Christmas season–and use them to teach our children both about the true meaning of Christmas and how God has called us to be missionaries for Him here, in our own country and around the world!
So far, we’ve collected nativities from Costa Rica, China, Argentina, Botswana and Israel. And we hope to continue the tradition as our girls grow. We hope to take family mission trips one day to these countries–and others!