Wednesday, December 11, 2013

No Room at the Inn

Over the weekend my DIL, several of the granddaughters and I went to an incredible display of Nativity sets.  Each year the local churches hold the No Room at the Inn event.  The donation fees made go to helping the homeless in our community and it is a fantastic event to visit during the Advent season.  The hundreds of nativities are all displayed by local collectors and range from simple ones to very elaborate and elegant ones.  Here are just a few that I found extra interesting.

A must have when you live near the beach. 

Loved these stamps from India.

Talk about imagination...these were all made of office supplies, cassette tapes, coil charger cords for fluffy sheep, light bulbs for heads, discs for halos, large clips for cow legs, paper clips for crowns....so fun.

LOVE the recycled paper!

From Africa

Look at the cross stitching.  WOW!!!

I found the figures so simple in this pretty set. 

Made of seed pods.


We had our big Christmas dinner here last Saturday night so the busy cooking/entertaining is done now until Christmas Eve.  So.......after doing some cleaning, I managed to slip away into my sewing haven and finish my California Sunballs quilt.  I love the way it turned out and it adds some whimsy to the Christmas decor.   I have entered it into the Quilting Gallery Christmas Quilts contest that starts Friday.



Tuesday night we went to visit Santa with one of our children's families.  I always enjoy those visits.  The facial expressions are so priceless.  What is Christmas without little believers around?  He was an awesome Santa too - real hair, beard and all and he was soooo good with the kids. 



I hope everyone is enjoying the season while maintaining your sanity as you rush to accomplish all of the things you thought you would have done last month!!!

30 comments:

Nat Palaskas said...

Oh Mary, thanks for sharing the Nativity displays. I will send my friend to have a look too (she is into them). Love Santa photo with families. My DD's first job was Santa photo photography and I took my quilter friends to sit on Santa laps hehe! And thanks for your wise word "maintaining your sanity" I will remember it every time I feel I'm loosing it! Merry Christmas Mary and thank, thanks for being you - Love Nat

Exuberant Color said...

The beachy nativity is really unique. I can see it must have been a wonderful display with all of the variety.

Mary said...

The Nativity scenes are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Debra Graham said...

Beautiful nativity scenes. I find them so interesting.

karen @ badlandsquilts said...

Your quilt turned out so cute!

What a great idea for an event!

Shanna said...

Oh these are just so sweet! Do you have a set at your house?

Carla said...

Very cute! I'm enjoying getting ready for the big day

QuiltSue said...

some of the nativities sets were great, and what a wonderful photo with Santa.

beth said...

Loved seeing all the nativity and sets and your family! Enjoy the holidays!

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Such imaginations people have! The nativities are all so unique. Love those Santa Claus photos and your Sunballs quilt is priceless! I love the double rainbow border you used and the teal is a perfect background.

Ivory Spring said...

Oh my goodness, those nativity sets are absolutely amazing!!! And what a meaningful event.

Always love pictures of your family.

Hilachas said...

Oh wow! What a wonderful time you're having with your family. Those nativities are lovely. Thanks for sharing all those photos.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Wow those nativity scenes were wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing them!

Wacky Woman said...

How fun! I love events like this and with the money going to such a good cause. I think we are going to a boat parade or maybe another one on Saturday. Enjoy your Christmas season.

Stephanie said...

What a wonderful tradition to share with your granddaughters. Such interesting nativities too. Christmas is coming whether I'm ready or not! :o)

Michele said...

Love the nativities! Especially the beach one. What a cute quilt. Glad you found time to get it done. Sweet family picture :-)

Betsy Lynn said...

Love your little snowman quilt!
I voted for you!

Quilt Hollow said...

Your little snowman quilt is cute! Sorry...but it isn't Christmas these days....making the night of his birth all that more real for us right? What I mean is....no shopping, tree, gifts....just real and true kind of Christmas this year.

Wendy said...

I voted for you snowman wallhanging. It's so cute.

Barb said...

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well...totally love the last picture and your snowball quilt is wonderful. Enjoyed the mangers....I need to find mine....hummmmm where could it be?

Sarah said...

Oh thank you for sharing the nativity displays. How creative are they?! The beach one blows me away!

Nana said...

Wow, those crips are wonderful, especially the very first one.

Nana

Marilyn said...

Such wonderful Nativity scenes - some very unique ideas there. I also love your snowman quilt. Your Thanksgiving family photo in your previous post is very special.

Jacquelynne Steves said...

I love the idea of using the Nativity displays as a fundraiser for homeless charities! I am going to try to organize something like this at our church next year- thanks so much for the idea!

LuAnn said...

While shopping for my Grandson, I saw the Fisher Price nativity set and almost brought it home. Love the photos, and your Sunballs quilt! Merry Christmas!

Barbara said...

How interesting. I think the stones and drift wood particularly.

Connie said...

Beautiful nativity sets and you are so right about the driftwood one being perfect by a beach...or river!

Teresa in Music City said...

Wow - I'm so glad I came back to see this Mary! Such wonderful and different nativities - I bet they were even more fascinating up close :*) Thanks for sharing with us!

Carole said...

Merry Christmas! What a lovely tradition The No Room at the Inn! Thank you for sharing photos. Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful New Year! Cheers!

Mary Ann said...

Don't know if this message will reach you, but I wanted to know where you got the pattern for the California Snowballs quilt that I saw on the Quilting Gallery site?