Besides representing the birth of the Christ child, our Nativity gives a glimpse into my family history. For our set is made up from the sets of my grandparents and from their parents before them. The oldest piece is a shepherd boy from my great grandmother. He is always given rank among the five angels. The angels are from my grandparents on both sides. We have a great flock of sheep, some cows, two baby Jesus, (twins?), and five wisemen. All of which take a journey about the house. Arriving at the stable on the Epiphany.
The stable itself was built by my grandfather well before I was born. It still has its original straw roof.
Of all our Christmas decorations it is the creche and these figures that I value the most.