Sister Kathleen Dueber recalls the nativity scene of her youth

In our next “Gift of Christmas,” Sister Kathleen Dueber shares her memory of her beloved Nativity scene from her youth.

“There is a Christmas decoration that I love. It is the stable and nativity scene that we had growing up, which got lovingly placed under our tree each year. The figurines included Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus in a manger, an angel, a shepherd, the three Magi, a donkey, cow, camel, and some sheep. I loved arranging these things under the tree each year.

“After my mother died, I brought it to Paola (Kansas) with me. When we moved to Maple Mount, I gave it to my nephew, Mike, who carries on the tradition of displaying it each year. It had a music box built into the side of the stable which, when wound up, played ‘Silent Night.’ It had a blue nightlight in the back of the stable. I would often turn out all the other lights and just have that blue light and the tree lights on and listen to it play, ‘Silent Night.’ It is a fond memory still.”


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