Are We Ready to Use My Favorite Nativity Scene Display Idea?

My Favorite Nativity Display Idea at

Years ago, I saw someone use this display idea for their nativity scene.

They placed the figurines on top of a large Bible, opened to Luke 2.

I loved the idea, immediately re-created it in my own home, and assumed that I would use it every year for the rest of my life, modestly admitting that it was a borrowed idea when others gasped at its brilliance.

Then I had kids.

While I generally tried to teach my toddlers that certain things were off limits, rather than move everything out of their reach . . . I learned that policing ceramic figurines, placed precisely at their eye-level, was a losing battle.

Especially in the midst of all the other Christmas Decor Life Lessons that needed to be taught.

And then there was the whole Slob Vision thing. The house was usually a wreck, the coffee table almost always had piles on it that didn’t exactly fit the Bethlehem theme, and my ability to not register what I was seeing (or not seeing) until someone was on their way to my house . . . meant that if a figurine went missing, I probably wouldn’t even notice until it had disappeared into the depths of someone’s toybox.

I did try a few years ago with some less-breakable clay wisemen, and one of them has never been found.

Now that my youngest is 4, I called a little meeting while putting out the decorations yesterday. We talked about the significance of opening the Bible to the Christmas story and using it for our display. We discussed how all of these people had to stay right there.

All the time.

And no jumping off the coffee table.

Until after Christmas.

They claim to understand. It’s been 24 hours, and all of the figurines are still on the table. Maybe in different spots, but still there.

Now for my end of this deal. Hopefully with the deslobification progress I’ve made over the last year, my Selective Vision has improved to the point where I’ll be able to consistently see the beauty and importance of the display, and won’t absentmindedly pile things around it.


I’m linking this up to:

Works for Me Wednesday over at We are THAT Family.

The DIY Project Parade over at DIY Showoff.

The Home for the Holidays Linky over at It’s So Very Cheri.

Motivate Me Monday over at Keeping it Simple.

Strut Your Stuff Thursday over at Somewhat Simple.

You can hop over to those places for some serious crafty inspiration.



Checking Off the To Do List

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Here we go.

Full gear.

I’m already overwhelmed, and December hasn’t started. This week is the week of the Christmas play that I’m directing at my church, and therefore I’m bracing for craziness.

But the house is officially decorated for Christmas. School uniforms, socks, and undies are clean, and I’m ready to go into full-force-tunnel-vision for the next 7 days.

Since it’s officially Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend, I thought I’d share a few fabulous deals on things I’ve talked about before.

First, can I brag for a minute? I am totally done with the men on my side of the family. Mmmmhmmm. That’s right. Done. I was motivated by the fact that Zazzle (affiliate link alert!)  is offering 40% off of their calendars through November 30 by using the code 40CLNDRS2011. I was going to use them anyway, because I love their quality and have used them before. It feels so good to have that done! And they have free shipping on orders over 25$ through Nov 30th as well.Click below to go to

But I need to brag a little more, because I also used the Zazzle Groupon I bought a while back and got a fabulous deal on these gifts!  That Groupon isn’t available right now (I know, it’s cruel for me to brag about it), but there are some great ones out there that anyone can buy because they are online deals.  Like through tonight (Sunday), the Atlanta deal is an online deal for 40$ worth of books from Simon & Schuster for only 20$, and the shipping is a flat rate of 4.99.  If you were going to buy books for people on your Christmas list, this is a great way to save on them!

If you’re new to Groupon, sign up here for their email alerts, and then find Atlanta’s deal by clicking on “Visit More Cities” in the black line at the top of the page.  And if you’re an existing Groupon user, click below and find Atlanta in the same way.

___________________________, a site I seriously love, has fantastic deals through Monday night on men’s electric razors (a wonderful non-clutter gift). And if you love Method brand cleaners, you can get 30% off on them through Monday using the code SAVE30. And if you’ve never ordered from or before, you can get an extra 15% off by using my referral code: NONY. Shipping on orders over 25$ is free! And my code will also work to give you 15% off at, where I’ve heard they’re having some great toy deals!


Amy Lynn Andrews is running a special on her e-book, Tell Your Time. She shares some great time management tips in a succinct and info-packed downloadable book. The price through Monday night is 6.00, which is 50% off the regular price. You must use the code: MONDAYBLACK to get the sale price. Click here to visit Amy Lynn Andrews.


Grocery University, an audio course with printable study guide and a price book (a fabulous resource if you want to enter the world of couponing, or hone your skills), is also running a crazy sale for the day on Monday. The price starts at $5.00 and goes up throughout the day. Here’s the schedule.

Midnight to 8 AM: $5.00
8:01 AM to 9:00 AM: $6.00
9:01 AM to 10:00 AM: $7.00
10:01 AM to 11:00 AM: $8.00
11:01 AM through the rest of the day: $9.00

Midnight to 7 AM: $5.00
7:01 AM to 8:00 AM: $6.00
8:01 AM to 9:00 AM: $7.00
9:01 AM to 10:00 AM: $8.00
10:01 AM through the rest of the day: $9.00

Midnight to 5 AM: $5.00
5:01 AM to 6:00 AM: $6.00
6:01 AM to 7:00 AM: $7.00
7:01 AM to 8:00 AM: $8.00
8:01 AM through the rest of the day: $9.00
Check out Grocery University!

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