I've been trying to curb my spending this year, Dear Reader. I'm a spender, and I prefer to resolve my troubles with a bit of retail therapy. Or food, but since I'm trying to lose weight, retail therapy is my resolution of choice. Unfortunately, Joe and I depleted our emergency fund this year (thanks to an emergency furnace replacement and computer purchase), and we really want to build it back up.
The discovery this week of a leaking roof, a car accident, and a malfunctioning oven have made other plans for our pennies, but I'd rather not talk about that, okay?
A few weeks ago, I received a Fisher Price catalog in the mail. On the cover of that catalog was a gorgeous nativity scene made of the Little People characters. I loved it, but immediately pushed it from my brain. We have several nativities already, and I am earnest in my attempt to spend less.
Day went by, and I totally forgot about the Little People nativity. But then, when Joe got our Christmas decorations out, he said, “Should we put out a nativity?”
I looked at him with a blank stare. How can we not put out a nativity? It's Christmas. You know, the season in which we celebrate the birth of our Lord? How can we not put out a display celebrating the nativity?
I'll tell you how. Our nativities are all glass, except for one that is porcelain. They aren't exactly durable or toddler-friendly. In our quandary, I mentioned the plastic Little People nativity I had seen, and Joe immediately responded, “Why didn't you buy it?”
So I went to FisherPrice.com, and I bought it. Right then.
I was really excited to receive it in the mail several days later. Grace and I tore the box open and looked at the characters and the animals one at a time.
I had been thinking only about Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, and the manger, but the set included a bunch more pieces. All of Grace's favorite animals were included: two sheep, a cow, a dog, and a donkey. She likes to hold them up and make their noises.
I love the faces on of all of the Fisher Price Little People; they are all so nice. Once we set the whole thing up, I wished that I'd gotten some of the accessory packages to go with it, but I might pick one or two of those up next year.
I am delighted with this Nativity Set. We keep it on display most of the time, but if Grace wants to play with it, we let her. When she gets it down, we talk to her about the birth of Jesus and the miracle of Christmas. It's exactly what I wanted – a display piece, a teaching tool, and a neat toy that she loves.
And sometimes, the doggie plays Away in A Manger for Baby Jesus to take a nap. You know, when the guardian angel takes a break.
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