Jingle Bells At The Junction: Winnie Griggs

I have a soft spot for nativity sets, especially vintage ones, and over time I have acquired over two dozen of them.  Every year I assure my husband ‘no more’, but every year I break my word and discover another I must have.  So for my Christmas card to you, I thought I’d share a picture of one of my favorite pieces.

 To all of  you wonderful folks who take time out of your busy day to visit with us here at the junction, I wish you a very joyous and blessed Christmas.



by Robert Louis Stevenson

“Loving Father, Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of angels,
the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate and open the door of buy cheapest cialis love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clean hearts.
May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children,
and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful
thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake, Amen!”

Winnie Griggs
Winnie Griggs is the author of Historical (and occasionally Contemporary) romances that focus on Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace. She is also a list maker, a lover of dragonflies and holds an advanced degree in the art of procrastination.
Three of Winnie’s books have been nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, and one of those nominations resulted in a win.
Winnie loves to hear from readers. You can connect with her on facebook at www.facebook.com/WinnieGriggs.Author or email her at winnie@winniegriggs.com.
Updated: November 10, 2013 — 12:24 pm


  1. Winnie, I love your Nativity. My family and I have been giving Nativities for wedding gifts. I do ask for the wedding couple’s input and have only had one couple turn me down. Theirs is such a wonderful love story. They met on eHarmony and among the many things they had in common was collecting Nativities. Between them they own around 100. Instead we gave them a set of Jim Shore Christmas ornaments The Twelve Days of Christmas.

    I loved the prayer. One I plan on repeating often in the next couple of weeks.

  2. Cathy and Connie, thank you both for stopping by to leave a comment. And yes, the prayer is very beautiful – Robert Louis Stevenson was such a great writer.

    Connie, what a beautiful idea for wedding gifts. I would never have thought to do that but I love it!

  3. Merry Christmas, Winnie! Lovely nativity!

  4. Merry Christmas to All! Winnie, you look great as an elf.

  5. Winnie, what a beautiful nativity. Thank you for sharing.

    Merry Christmas hugs!

  6. Winnie,
    What a gorgeous nativity! I have an affinity for jingle bells from the new ‘parkly (as my four year old granddaughter says) ones to the old rusty ones hung with jute twine. Merry, Merry Christmas!

  7. I love the nativity, Winnie. My mother collects them, too.

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

  8. Much needed prayer this morning.

    Blessings to you, Julie

  9. Winnie, what a beautiful nativity. It’s so simple but powerful. Merry Christmas to you and your family! I’m so blessed to have you for a Filly sister.

  10. Winnie! Merry, merry Christmas. What a wonderful ‘addiction’ er…passion to have! I love your nativity set. Beautiful!

  11. Merry Christmas, Winnie! Thank you for sharing the Nativity and the poem, both wonderful reminders of the true meaning of the season.


  12. Wonderful picture and prayer, Winnie.
    Have a joyous season from my house to yours!!!

  13. Merry Christmas

  14. Thanks Victoria!

    Amyc – LOL I’m not sure about great, but it was fun to ‘play dress up’

  15. Margatret – thanks, it’s one of the very favorites from my collection

    Carolyn, Ooooh, a jingle bell collection – I love it! You need to post pics sometime so I can drool over them 🙂

  16. Thanks Tracy

    Julie, I thought it was a lovely prayer and it expresses my prayer for all people this Christmas season

  17. Happy Yule to all. Merry Christmas. Felis Navidad. I wish I could remember all the different Christmas greetings. Winnie, you had the perfect blog today. Honoring the Christ, but on this day of mourning in Conneticut.
    By the way, your hat is darling.
    Happy Holidays to all,
    With lots of huts,
    Mary J

  18. Thanks for sharing the beautiful prayer and nativity set, Winnie.
    I have just one nativity set. It was made by my daughter Tanya out of salt dough when she was about 8 or 9 years old. It has the family, shepherds, wise men and angels,so cute. Putting it out every Christmas helps me remember the beautiful, loved girl I lost at 18 in a car accident.

  19. Linda – and I feel blessed to know you as well.

    Renee – LOL, it’s okay to say addiction – it’s the word my family uses more often than not 🙂

  20. Merry Christmas!

  21. Merry Christmas!12’17/2012

  22. Kirsten Lynn, you’re quite welcome
    Charlene, thanks for stopping by

    Wishing both of you a very joyous Christmas season

  23. Lovely, my mother has a Nativity she painted herself when she was a kid and one she keeps out all year in a glass case.
    Merry Christmas! 🙂

  24. anon1001 – Thanks! And Merry Christmas to you as well

    Mary J – And a Joyeux Noël to you too!

  25. Elizabeth – oh what a very precious nativity set to have! Blessings to you my friend.

  26. Vickie – Merry Christmas to you too!

    Colleen – oh wow! How wonderful that she’s kept it all these years.

  27. What a beautiful nativity set! I don’t think I’ve ever seen one even similar to that.
    Our Christmas tradition was that my husband and I bought a new ornament for our tree every year. It was a lot of fun to pick them out.

  28. Judy – that is a lovely tradition! My husband doesn’t get into the whole Chriustmas decorating thing, but that’s okay – I do more than enough for the both of us!

  29. Hi Winnie, gorgeous picture! I’ve collected a bunch of nativities, too. Now I take turns every Christmas and just bring out a few. One of my favorites is the one carved from olive wood that my mom brought us from Bethlehem. I passed it down to my son who now has a little boy. My other favorite is the one my grandfather got for my grandmother on their first Christmas together in 1917. The baby is teensie and made of wax.

    Another fave is the tiny sterling silver nativity I am wearing right now on a chain around my neck! Gift from daughter.

    Best wishes for Christmas and much love to you and your family…

  30. Oh Tanya, those all sound so lovely and meaningful. The most meaningful pieces of any collection are those that can evoke fond memories and sentiments on sight.

  31. Beautiful prayer!

  32. Quilt Lady – Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. And I agree, Mr. Stevenson’s prayer IS beautiful

  33. Beautiful prayer.

    My mother-in-law had a nativity set that had been collected over a period of years. After Thanksgiving the grandkids, our three daughters, would help her set it up. It didn’t matter that the olive wood camel was as tall as the Lincoln Log shelter or that the ceramic camel only had three legs. When she died, our youngest daughter took Grandma’s nativity set, including the broken camel, to her home where it makes its appearance after Thanksgiving each year.

  34. Like your nativity. I, too, have a love for them. The first Christmas we were married, I got a nativity that reminded me of Its A Small World at Disney. The same type of child figures. It is still my favorite. I am always looking for the next one that is a bit different. I found some on our trip this Fall, but never got back to the store to pick one up. I did get a 3 Kings plaque, though. That is the big thing in Puerto Rico. I have nativity sets the children could handle and those they weren’t allowed anywhere near. Our children each had one of their own for their room.
    Thank you for sharing this one with us. Have a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

  35. Winnie, I love nativity sets too. I have one that had been in our family from before I was born. It has these resin figures that are chipped, broken and in very sad shape. A few years before my parents had to leave their home, my mom wrapped that up and gave it to me because I had loved it so much as a little girl. I still cherish it.

  36. Hilltop Farm Wife – Oh, I love that story. And how wonderful that she let the whole family feel an ownership of it as well.

  37. Patricia – I love that you saw that each of your children had a nativity for their own rooms. Wish I had thought to do that for my own children.

  38. Cheryl – it seems your mother handed it over to the right person! Family treasures like that one deserve to be with someone who will cherish them, no matter what their physical shape.

  39. This is beautiful, Winnie! I have two friends, sisters, who collect nativities. They generously bring several to display at church every year. I only have two, which is pretty amazing considering all the other things I collect!

  40. Thanks Cher! And how sweet that the sisters share their nativities with the entire congregation of your church!

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