With Great Anticipation, Part 2B

With much suspense and anticipation, I’ve been waiting for my second most coveted Christmas gift this year: a candy cane themed nativity.

No, I’ve actually never seen one in real life… or on amazon.com… or on ebay.  Nope, in this story I explained how I actually commissioned Donovan and Olivia for the task of creating a nativity themselves.

My wonderful family came to my house on Christmas day.  Being short on prep time, I made them a delicious dinner with cod fish as the entree (the name of the recipe is “Fish That Brian Will Eat”), Moroccan cooked carrots, red skin mashed potatoes (utilizing my abundance of rosemary) and world peace salad.  We all enjoyed stuffing ourselves and basking in the joy of my festive, candy cane themed, nativity-less decor.

Until it came time for gifts…

I promised not to peek until Donovan came back from the car with the nativity.

He placed the nativity before me and everyone said that I could look now.  At first I peeked.

But then the second that I laid eyes on their masterpiece, I threw my head back and laughed with glee!

Then I was like…

…cause I wanted to get closer.

As the details became clear to me, I began laughing…

…and laughing…  and laughing…

The wise men all had little, kingly caps.  Mary had a chipped bit of candy glued on top of her head to represent hair (so that I could tell the difference between her and Joseph).  The livestock were positioned behind them, looking as precious as ever.  Jesus was, in fact, a peppermint in a manger.  But then, oh my goodness, I noticed the sheep!  

Do you see the sheep on the right?!

My sister, Mandy, took a minute to take credit for the placement of the cotton balls.

And after noticing a few more details…



…it seemed like a great time to light the candles on Jesus’ birthday cake…  …which was pretty well polished off. 





And speaking of Charley

He and Beau got to snuggling up on our comfy couch (mmhmm, everything has a story).  Do you see my candy cane theme Christmas tree behind them?  Yeeeeahhhh… It’s marvelous.

(PS – Don’t forget to pray for Charley.  Cancer.  Fevers.  White blood counts.  Blech.)


  1. December 28, 2011

    *big smiles*

  2. December 28, 2011

    I LOVE it!!!!!!!!! Tell Mandy I love the sheep and think the cotton balls were an excellent touch. I can’t wait to see it in person. Jesus played by a tiny little peppermint! Ahhhh it’s perfect

  3. December 28, 2011

    LOVE IT!!!

  4. December 28, 2011

    comments from the peanut gallery:
    Olivia ~ heheheheheehee
    Donovan ~ hahahahahahahahaa

    Momma *big smiles*

  5. December 28, 2011

    LOL I ADORE your family and you allowing us to peek in via your blog <3 Good job Olivia, Donovan and Mandy 😉

  6. January 10, 2012

    Man, those are some cool kids!!!! How precious!

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