Chat with Deb—No More Nativities!
At all. Period. No exceptions. Unless it’s really, really cute…
Deb and I are downsizing. We are going into a retirement community Real Soon Now so we need to get rid of stuff in the basement and not add more stuff elsewhere in the house. Like artwork or cute knickknacks. Or, as we are reminded around this time of year, nativities.
DEB: I do not care how cute they are! No more, Jackster!
We did not, by the way, add any this year.
DEB: Our Alaska finds still count, honey. Sorry!
ME: But you love those! The “madonna and child” from Anchorage and the holy family from Skagway are absolutely adorable!
DEB: Yes, but they are IT! I’m serious! I’m running out of places to put them, anyway.
Really, she’s just gotten more creative. Like the nativity she and her first husband got as a gift many years ago.
ME: So what are the stories behind the egg nativity and the rock nativity?
DEB: The egg nativity was a gift to Mom & Dad that I inherited. The rock nativity… predates you. So I’ve had it long enough I don’t remember when I got it.
ME: And the South American nativity we got from Ten Thousand Villages, right?
DEB: And the African nativity.
ME: But not at the same time.
DEB: Nope, same time. One of our anniversary weekends. You’re doing a Chat with Deb on these, aren’t you? Do you need more details? I kept cards. (goes and checks) Okay, the African one is from Cameroon. The South American one is from Peru, as is the egg one, it turns out.
ME: The holy family mice we got from our Maine visit last year.
DEB: The one we got in Vermont? Uh huh.
ME: New England trip, exactly. The puzzle nativity we got at the craft fair in Harrisburg a few years ago.
DEB: Or from that cute store in State College on another of our anniversary weekends?
ME: Oh. Yes. Okay, is the wood cutout nativity another pre-me piece?
DEB: Um, no, we got that last year, from Nanci [her sister]. A fellow at [Dad’s old church] makes them, and Nanci bought one for us and one for [our niece, Nanci’s daughter].
ME: So ten total.
DEB: Counting the Advent calendar?
ME: Yes, eleven, yup!
DEB: And that’s all we’re getting. Ever.
ME: Of course, luv!
Unless we find one that’s really, really cute…
Found another one. That makes twelve.