The other day I was reading through Karen’s blog, Little Acorns, and I have to say how much I ADORE it! It’s so natural and I’m starting to realize that I want to replace my favorite Monte teacher blogger that I could so stalk with Karen. (Yes…she feels very safe 🙂 )
**I just went to double check the addy link was correct and dude…you HAVE to check out her felted dragon. I call DIBS! 🙂 ** (This was written up a few days ago but my laptops broke and I’m using Ben’s so look through for the dragon and the felted leaf girl. They’re TOOOO cute!…)
Well, anyways, the other night she’d made a nativity set outta the wooden people. I have tons of the wooden people ’cause the warehouse that sells them is just a 20 minute drive away and boy do I get in trouble over there. I loved what she had did and decided that Sunshine needed a colorful set too. We have a set hand carved out of olive wood from Israel and it’s beautiful but a bit limiting as it has a few animals and Mary, Joseph and Jesus but no one else. So, I grabbed my paints and my little wooden figures and started painting.
One thing that drives me up a wall is how so many (nearly all) nativity sets portray a white Holy family….not even a ‘just got back from Cabo’ white family but the ‘get yourself to the Mystic tanning booth and get some color on those legs you’re blinding people’ white family. Folks….Jesus was Jewish….and he was probably the Jewish that is more deep Brazilian tan than a touch of color of my Jewish American friends. Bluntly…Jesus WASN’T white! Stop making him WHITE! Seriously white Jesus is a pet peeve of mine. It’s like saying Martin Luther King Jr. was white and Abraham Lincoln was black. I just find it disrespectful to ignore a persons ethnicity. Anyways, I think I’m the only white girl in Ohio that doesn’t have a nativity of white Jesus. (Although I’d do a white Jesus if there was an Asian, Latin, Indian, etc. Jesus to go along with it.).
And, I’m back from my rant.
So, Karen made her nativity to look realistic. And, she did a beautiful job. It got me to thinking…I should make my own too so Sunshine can play and we could really reenact the Christmas Story.
With paints in hand I created this;
I also added a little drummer boy. I know he’s not a part of the nativity but I think he’s a beautiful example of giving with what we have and it being perfect. I think that is something that applies to all of us no matter our beliefs giving with our hearts is much more important than a big expensive gift. And so the little drummer boy is there too. He has a wee little drum that sits in front of him but I didn’t get a pic of it.
My African King wears a purple dashiki with gold embroidery, a purple robe with edging in orange and gold on a cream background and an orange with gold ’embroidery’ kufi hat. He has no facial hair because I’ve never seen any image of African royalty with facial hair and I know no one who is African royalty so he’s clean shaven.