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Nativities from Serrv


Nativities from Serrv





My parents collect nativity sets from all over the U.S. and world.  I’ve always loved Christmas at their house, because they bring them out, and everywhere I look, I see nativities, each attached to a memory of how they got it or who gave it to them.  The African sets have espresso brown baby Jesuses and the Native American sets have cinnamon brown baby Jesuses and there are peachy white Jesuses and handmade Jesuses and fancy Jesuses and the set from Bethlehem is made of olive wood.  On our trip last year to Uganda, my father found a beautiful nativity woven out of banana leaves.  I love how every culture has a different way of representing the baby in the manger.  We all worship Him from our different cultures and races.  It’s beautiful.  The varied manger scenes around my parents’ home at Christmas are a little taste of how heaven will be, with all nations gathered together to worship the fully-man God.

Why I Like This:

Serrv’s mission is to end poverty.  They’ve been working on this for over 60 years, partnering with artisans and farmers from around the world.  They are founding members of both the World Fair Trade Organization and the Fair Trade Federation.  They sell everything from home decor and kitchen items to accessories and food.  They have a large selection of Christmas nativities from around the world.

Slave-Free Christmas Challenge:

This Christmas, I’ve challenged myself to shop my entire Christmas list from organizations that are helping people, not hurting people.  Today, 27 million men, women, and children live as someone else’s property.  Slaves are making the items that I’m buying to celebrate the birth of my Lord and Savior.  Somehow I don’t think He’s blessed by the blood on His birthday presents.  For more information on my Slave-Free Christmas project, click here.

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