In the ten years we've been married, I've been on a seasonal hunt for a nativity that reflects my style. I have yet to find it. The kids have had their own cute little plastic one by Precious Moments that my sweet Aunt Carol bought for them; but, baby Jesus has disappeared from the display! They love having a nativity to play with though, so this year, I decided to get creative.
I went to the Goodwill and bought a used, cheap, ceramic, pastel painted and small nativity for $2.50. That same day I found a great little display box to showcase it in $2.00.
I bought some black and yellow spray paint.
I proceeded to spray all of the non-Jesus participants black. I painted the display box all black.
I then took the pastel, blonde hair, blue eyed baby Jesus and spray painted him bright yellow!
The boys and I had a talk about the significance of Christ in the nativity and the fun of everything else being subtle and having Him stand out. I was excited, they caught on to the "deeper" meaning behind the color choice.
I also found a star at Wal-mart for $1.00.
This is how it turned out....it's hard to get shots of, since it's all black so I took the pieces out so you could see them individually and IN the box as well. I have had this low enough for them to play with for a couple weeks but Phoenix keeps taking off and losing the pieces. So, now it's higher and they can play with it if I know they're playing with it.