|Janet Lee Nye is putting out Baby Jesus|
Janet Lee Nye: For the past 19 Christmases, I've been part of a very special tradition that dates back to when the hospital I work at was owned and operated by an order of nuns. A life-sized nativity scene goes up outside the front entrance on December 1. On December 24th, the ceramic baby Jesus is delivered to the nursery. We keep him there until midnight. Each year someone is chosen to place baby Jesus in the manger. It's a very special moment. Security comes to escort us. Everyone who is free (someone has to stay & take care of patients!) comes down to walk outside with us. Usually there are people waiting outside to see. Last year, the person who was chosen to put baby Jesus in the manger found out that I had never been selected. So we decided since she was the newest nursery nurse and I was the most senior, we would do it together. I'm not at all religious (why I'd never asked to perform the ritual) but I've always been respectful of the tradition and go to watch. But it was fun to do it at least once.
Kris Fletcher: I have many many favorite decorations, but the one that always means Christmas to me is the nativity scene my sister made for me years ago. It encompasses all the things that spell Christmas to me: hand made, family, the Christ child. Plus when my oldest son was three he pinged the baby Jesus with his new Nerf bow and arrow, so there are laughter-filled memories to add to the mix.
|Kristina Knight's Believe sign|
Angel Smits: One of my favorite decorations is an advent calendar I cross stitched years ago, when my kids were little. It’s a tree with elves and there are little Velcro ornaments to “hang” on the tree for each day of December. We put it up every year, and even though my kids are grown they still want to put an ornament up. Making all those ornaments seemed to take forever then, but I’m so glad I did it!
|Heatherly Bell's favorites are hand-made by her kids|
Heatherly Bell: My favorite holiday decorations are the ornaments that my children have made over the years. It's like taking a walk back in time. Many they made in school and there's a school photo of them at the center. They're made with spray painted puzzle pieces and bowtie pasta. And yes, some of them don't last through moves and...dogs. But I can't bear to throw them away.
|Jo McNally's treetop angel|
Nan Dixon: I have a Christmas pattern that I adore. Right after Thanksgiving I pull it down and put the regular dishes away. (And
|Nan Dixon's Christmas-ware|
|Saturn adorns Claire McEwen's tree|