This wooden nativity crib has been in my partners family for years. It doesn’t feel like Christmas until this has been setup. It’s also a bit of a cat magnet so it’s on 24 hour watch protection.

My partner told me the full story behind the crib unfortunately I can’t remember the details. If I had known the future I would have absorbed all the facts like a sponge. But you don’t, you assume that your life won’t change and every christmas your partner will open the crib box and recite the family tale.

But Christmas still comes every year and you need to make the most of it. So the crib is dusted down. The cats have been warned. Our son has asked how old the crib is – I have again said it’s old but not sure how old. And now it’s time for the mince pies.

33 thoughts on “The Crib

  1. Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20. Similarly, I wish I had paid more attention to my grandparents’ stories life in the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, to my father’s stories of his WWII experiences, and ‘the uncles’ stories about everything and everything! But, we couldn’t know those storytellers would soon be gone. Those things we do remember of the stories become even more precious. Just relax and enjoy the holiday with your son.

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  2. That’s a beautiful set. I collect nativity scenes. I’ve never seen one like it. Your son sounds delightful. I have a 24 yr old Autistic daughter. She’s high functioning. I like reading what you write about your son. I’m sorry for your loss… I find healing in writing. I pray it helps you heal too…(as well as one can heal from loss)

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  3. “a bit of a cat magnet” 😂 we have one like that that’s been in our family for ages too and strangely none of the cats ever bothered it. The tree was always their Everest so they kept their eyes on that prize instead, I guess. it’s really lovely that you’re sharing these stories. I’m sorry for what you and your son are going through but I love that you write so sincerely and openly (and even hunorously!) about it and creating new traditions together as you go. Hope these next days as holidays approach treat you guys kindly.

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    1. Shame we can’t have a memory chip we can all download. But you lose so much history. I remember visiting my uncle in hospital a few years back. To me he was my uncle who loved horse racing and going to the working club. But just before he died he mentioned that he had been a fighter pilot in the Korean War. Never got a chance to find out anymore.

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  4. I love the pieces that come out each year and take us back through the years. I am always sad too that I did not ask enough questions and I lost history and meaning. Hope your cats heed their warning and you enjoy your mince pies 🙂

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  5. ‘If I had known the future I would have absorbed all the facts like a sponge. But you don’t, you assume that your life won’t change’. don’t we all live that way 🙂 Not knowing what the future holds, and refusing to accept any untoward change. 🙂

    How do you warn the cats? I have a single cat and she equals the mischief of that of hundreds!

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    1. I suspect we do. Well it’s sort of goes like this. When we put it up, the cats start to circle. When I can get their attention I sternly tell them that they should leave this alone or I will let the dog sleep in their beds. They look back with that “in your dreams and who do you think the apex predator is here” sort of look.

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