We were newlyweds with two young children George IV and Marie. Had not a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out of, but we had everything the love of our Lord, Family, and hope. Life was good. Our Father George Yust Sr built this beautiful manger for us out of wood from a tree in his yard and he and our beloved Mom Barb gave us this most precious gift that we proudly display to this day. It is the first to go up and the last to come down. Thanks be to God Merry Christmas. George & Cheri
These statues were made at St. Colette's School in Jefferson, WI by the residents that lived there. Two of my aunts that were Franciscan nuns worked there. We went there as children a couple times a year to visit. I have such fun memories from there. Bought my set when I earned one of my first paychecks as a teenager. Have always loved it! Sue Gehrig
My granddaughters always get the manger scene set up first when the Christmas decorations come out of storage. Their dog came over to see what they were doing and this is where she planted herself. All God’s creatures.
We now have another Manger Scene that was emailed to email@example.com. Do you have a special one that you would like to share with us?
The Stable was made by Dan’s dad His dad ran a neighborhood grocery store in Green Bay in the 1940’s and 1950’s. He made the stables to sell at Christmastime each year. All stables came equipped with lights and music boxes which played Silent Night.
We have used this stable since we got married. Our kids grew up with it and it was their job to put all the figures in place. We treasure this memento of his Dad .The figures are Fontani. We have collected the figures - one at a time - for most of the 48 years we have been married. So we continue the tradition of the Bosch Christmas Nativity scene.
This is the set which my husband gave me for Christmas. My first set was given to me by my husband’s sister. She made it out of cotton swabs. Unfortunately our dog ate it all so that’s how I got a second set which wasn’t as edible!
You will notice the absence of the Holy Family in our scene at this time. Our tradition is to slowly fill the crèche during Advent and finally add Baby Jesus on Christmas Eve. Our children and grandchildren did seem to enjoy and understand the waiting for the Christ Child!
After he retired, our Father, Hilarius Ebinal, made this manger and I decorated it. He had a special devotion for Mother Mary and Child Jesus. He also admired the manger scene at St Joseph’s, and I’m sure, built this one to resemble it.
My mother has a Nativity collection. Our family home has always had several, but the one Nativity that I often think of fondly was actually an ornament that my youngest sister made in a Sunday School program.That year her class made a Nativity ornament. Mary and Joseph were represented by two peanuts wrapped in pieces of felt. Baby Jesus was also a represented by a nut wrapped in felt, and the “Crib”, as she called it, was a walnut shell. The family was glued to a popsicle stick, and a string of yarn was attached to both ends of the stick, so that it could be hung on your Christmas Tree. The “peanut family” always hung upside down on the tree.I was almost nine years old at the time. My sister was three. She was very proud of her Nativity scene and hung her ornament on the front of the Christmas Tree. I thought it was dumb, so I would always move the ornament to the back of the tree when she wasn’t looking.My mother always saved all of our projects, so the ornament came back out the next year. That year the cat ate the “Joseph” peanut, but we still had Mary and the baby Jesus in the walnut shell. The next year “Mary" disappeared. We still had the same cat, but no one actually saw the cat eat the “Mary” peanut. So my sister still proudly hung the Nativity ornament on the front of the tree. It still hung upside down, and now only had the "Baby Jesus" in the walnut shell on it. She said that’s all you need. Finally one year we just had the empty walnut shell on the popsicle stick. We were missing Jesus. I hope as you get through all of your Christmas “to-do” lists that you aren’t “missing Jesus” in your Advent and Christmas season.
Monday and Saturday - No Morning Mass
Tuesday and Thursday - 8 a.m. Mass at St. John Nepomuk
Wednesday and Friday - 8 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph
St. John: 3-3:45 p.m. Saturday Reconciliation
St. John: 4 p.m. Saturday Mass of Anticipation
St. Joseph: 5:15 p.m. Saturday Mass of Anticipation
St. Joseph: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass
St. John: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Mass