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Poster Board Nativity
by larry r linville

Sunday, November 25, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I was a newly wed ministerial student with a small income. We scraped together enough money for a poster board nativity scene in the front window. that's all we had but we were proud of it.

Married just a few months
Christmas drawing near
Student pastor’s salary
Finances were austere
Decorations out of reach
We could cut a cedar tree
But a barren evergreen
Was not a sight to see
A pattern in a hobby book
For a wooden nativity
Gave me a big idea
Of a project nearly free
A piece of poster board
Just plain white will do
We cut out the silhouette
Of Joseph and Mary, too
The manger scene was soon cut out
And scotch taped to the glass
Of our big picture window
For everyone who’d pass
Pull the shade and set a lamp
To outline this event
Mary and husband Joseph
And the baby who was sent
To all the lowly of the earth
To the rich and to the poor
And this handmade project
Became a priceless décor
When school was over
And income finally grew
This homemade simple scene
Was there for all to view
Although we had bright lights
And decorations galore
It was a yearly reminder
Of those precious years before

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Reviewed by Christine Alwin 11/26/2007
Larry I love this,,, this is what one remembers in life,,,
very nice,,, Christine
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/26/2007
And this handmade project
Became a priceless décor

Another wonderful story! The greatest treasures in life are often these very simple things, lovingly made by hand, and cherished always.
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 11/26/2007
Wonderful reminders of a simpler time.
Like my daughters handmade Christmas, father's day, and birthday cards from her childhood. I treasure those the most of all.

Reviewed by John Linville (Reader) 11/26/2007
That's beautiful. You had the true meaning of Christmas, when you made that.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 11/26/2007
One hundred years after, it could be discovered among many things in the attic and show the truly spirit of Christmas under your roof.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/25/2007
Bet that poster board nativity was as beautiful as the real one, because it was made with love and true intentions. Well done, Larry.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Regina Pounds 11/25/2007
Lovely! Ingenuity and a bit of creativity -- and the spirit of Christmas rises at its finest. In my childhood, we made our own decorations of colored wax paper, straw, nutshells and such, too.

Thanks for this nice reminder of the better things in life.
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