'Twas the Night Before

 It's the most wonderful time of the year for more reasons than one.  We have lots of traditions here, but one of the oldest takes place before bed on Christmas Eve.

If you look closely there is no baby in the manger.  Jesus wasn't born till Christmas Day, so for over 20 years on Christmas Eve when all is still, I or one of the kids lay Him in his bed. 

The stable was a gift from child #5 when he was about 10 years old.  He made it for me because he knew I wanted one the right size for our nativity.  I love it.

The stockings are hung, the treats are made, most of the presents are wrapped, and the last of the homemade gifts are waiting for their finishing touches.  

All is quiet.  Well not really, it's rarely quiet here! 

Faux Crate Tree Stand Cover  see here
  Merry Christmas

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  1. I love that the stable was made especially to fit, it's perfect. What a wonderful tradition of adding Baby Jesus in on Christmas eve. And I so love your tree! It looks like a perfect setting for unwrapping some gifts and spending time with family! Merry Christmas Bliss!


  2. Have a wonderful Christmas. Love the nativity son did a fabulous job.

  3. I love the stable, it's perfect in more ways than one! What a nice gift that was! Your tree is beautiful and I love the sign....
    I hope all the Blisses have a Wonderful Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
    Love from the Homeroad family!

  4. OH my goodness...your tree is spectacular!!!
    So pretty. I love your tradition too...maybe I should try that next year??

  5. What a sweet tradition waiting to put baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas. Love your huge tree with the tinsel. Reminds me of my grandmother's.

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

  6. Beautiful! and I love that you still use tinsel!!! Sweet holiday tradition, too.

    Have a happy Christmas Bliss!!


  7. Fabulous tree and wonderful traditions! Love your newest sign, too!

    Merry Christmas at the Ranch!


  8. I just bought a nativity scene with no Jesus because someone stole him. Now I have the perfect excuse for why he's missing. Thank you for that. Your tree is wonderful and I love the manger. Your family is so creative. I pinned the Santa sign. Merry Christmas.

  9. That is so sweet! I love your tradition. Never quiet here either, but I would not have it any other way. Merry Christmas my dear friend!

  10. Such a beautiful tree and a special tradition. I love, love the stable. Merry Christmas to all of you! xo

  11. I love that tradition! The stable is lovely & it's so special that it was made just for the space. A very Merry Christmas to you & your family!

  12. All looks calm and bright!! Our baby Jesus always falls out of Mary's arms so I think he's just not ready to be born. I guess I need a manger. Love the fluffy-snowy Nativity scene!!

  13. We do the same thing with our nativity. I remember being a little kid and watching my Nana at midnight (when i should have been asleep) put the baby in the manger. We do it a bit different here. My husband hides the baby from me (usually somewhere up high where I will never find it) and it magically appears in the manger Christmas morning. Merry Christmas!

  14. Your tree is absolutely gorgeous! Love the nativity too! Merry Christmas!

  15. Your tree is fabulous - is that vintage tinsel? And child #5 should be proud of their woodworking skills.
    Wishing you a very merry Christmas.

  16. Have a wonderful Christmas Mrs B, to you and all your family xx

  17. It's all so beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  18. your tree is AMAZING!!! beautiful!

  19. What a gorgeous tree, I want to make a stable for my nativity set before I pack it up this year! Have the merriest Christmas,thank you for your friendship and sharing life's ride with me


  20. As the others ... I love the tree too! Miss Bliss you have the eye. I love that you put the baby Jesus in Christmas Eve. We open one gift Christmas Eve that is always jammies. We read the Christmas story from the Bible and we have stroodle (I am Czech) and we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus with a birthday candle in it. I love traditions!
    Merry Christmas!!!

  21. What a wonderful tradition, love that stable! Your tree is gorgeous Bliss!!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  22. I adore your tradition - and your lovely tree!

    Merry Christmas!

  23. Merry Merry Christmas to you my wonderful friend!


  24. Love your baby Jesus tradition and your pretty tree! Merry Christmas!

  25. Merry Christmas to you and all yours!

  26. Hope your Christmas was very, very merry! Your tree looks like magic Bliss!!

  27. Wow Bliss your tree is just gorgeous!
    And I have to make a sign like yours - love love love it!
    Hope he hurried down the chimney

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  29. Love it all - and that is the best stable I have ever seen. What a wonderful Christmas treasure. Those are my favorites!

  30. Merry Christmas -- a week late! Ha! I've been offline for much of the last week ... your tree is stunning!

    :) Linda

  31. Hope you had a fabulous Christmas. I've been "blogging by phone" over the holidays. My downgraded phone since the mugging is great for reading, but not much for commenting.

  32. Your tree was beautiful. I am sure your house is still one that your kids love coming home to for the holidays (those that have left the nest). It looks like the kind of house that should be shown in a feel good Christmas movie. It really is beautiful.


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