My late mother bought this simple, inexpensive manger back in 1971. When she decided to replace it in 1976, I asked her if I could have it. I packaged it away in my “hope chest,” for use after I got married.
Our first Christmas as a married couple in 1982, I brought the manger out of its box and we have continued to use it every year since. We have replaced the Mary figurine and one of the animals, but otherwise, it is the original set.
It’s not the most elegant nativity set and is probably not worth much more than the original 2.50 my mother spent. However, the sentimental value is…well, priceless.
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