Our Christmas tree is now ashes in the bonfire pit down by our pond. Once Poppa threw the match into the pit, it only took 3 minutes before there was nothing left. Likewise, all the Christmas decorations have been carefully gathered and put away but in the final week of January the nativity displayed on our piano is still there. In our family, we leave it up until the Feast of the Purification of Our Lady ( the day Mary was presented in the temple for purification, 40 days after she gave birth) also known as Candlemas. It is also considered the beginning of spring, the return of light and renewal of life, a time when the ground awakes and becomes fertile once again after a long winters rest.
The crocheted table cloth which the nativity is displayed on was made by my grandmother, Rosa Eva. I have blogged about her in the past but in case you have never read about her, she was the mother of 14 and she crocheted every day of her life. That I know of I am the only one of her decendants who inherited her love of crochet and as you guessed I am the only one with a big family though not as big as hers.
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