Meet My Nativities: Where It Began

As evidenced by my need for a display cabinet, I have a decent-sized nativity collection.

I didn’t start out to collect nativities, it just sort of happened. While in college, I worked with international students. After one particularly taxing event that we worked on, some of my friends from Palestine gave me this lovely nativity:

The next year, they gave me these:

And when I graduated, they gave me this:

They’re all carved from olive wood. Gorgeous!
Even though I now had four nativities, I didn’t consider myself a collector. After all these were simply lovely gifts from some lovely friends.
And, I suppose, that’s how collections often get started.

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