I asked my Mom if I could have the manger my Grandpa made her decades ago. My Mom hasn't used it in a long, long time so she said sure. I didn't want to take her nativity scene people because I have little ones and worried they would get lost or broke. I stopped by Goodwill hoping for a Christmas miracle that they would have some and they did (score) and they are unbreakable. I had to fix the manger up a little with new cotton balls. I had quite a few left over from that so I made some cotton ball snow hanging from the window. I love how it turned out. I just used fish wire and a needle to string it. I had to tie a knot around each cotton ball so they didn't slide down. I also put some battery operated lights inside the manger to make it visible in the dark. Here are some pics. I took quite a few because I love it so much.
Oh yes I did get the Stockholm rug from Ikea. It was love at first site. I will post more on that later. I am going to try and get better about posting for the new year, no promises though. Our daughter was diagnosed with Autism this summer, so I have people here everyday working with her. I don't have the time I used to, but I think helping my daughter right now is more important. She is making huge improvements by the way.