Every gift which is given,
even though it be small,
is in reality great
if it is given with affection.
The Year 2014 joined three young couples in marriage. Each was a) a secret ceremony (in January), b) a private ceremony (in the summer), and c) a small family affair (in November). The reason we only attended c) a small family affair is because my husband was the officiant.
E for Estrada
My plan was to slip a cross stitched monogram ornament inside each wedding card along with some cash. But as Christmas drew near, the unique wedding gift of a hand-carved nativity came to mind.
Each newlywed couple is of Filipino heritage, so in Manila we purchased three hand-carved nativities. This identical nativity was seen recently on O'ahu, Hawai'i, in the Dole Plantation gift shop for $88! In Manila they cost P800 (less than $20).
Green tissue padded the bottom of each box and was misted with Olio, Inc.'s "Apples 'N' Spice" enhancer oil. For the past decade I've sprayed this on silk flower arrangements, on greenery, on wicker items, onto the backs of nightstands and headboards, inside drawers, and even on the floor under carseats in our vehicles. I also spray it onto torn snippets of facial tissue or toilet paper and vacuum it into the vacuum. I have to be very careful not to get it onto my skin because it's a very strong oil. Initially it's a cinnamon scent that eventually takes on an almost vanilla aroma.
Each carving was wrapped
in red tissue.
When the newlyweds open the nativity box each year to display it for Christmas, they'll have that wonderful scent, won't they?
Here are Mr. and Mrs. Bruce (Candace) Estrada III who told me they decided to collect Christmas tree ornaments. My own honey and I have done that since 1998, and like our tree, the Estradas' will evoke a menagerie of memories through the years.
Our summer-marrieds are Mr. and Mrs. Victor (Ariana) Malveaux.
Our joy has been watching each of these couples grow from high school-age, then go to college, and now form families of their own.
Last but not least are our November-marrieds, Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie (Keisha) Malveaux, Jr. (Yes, Ronnie is Victor's big brother.)
These Malveauxs were setting up their First Christmas tree that Sunday evening, they told us, and were elated to have the nativity.
May these families' future Christmases
always be Christ-centered,
Jesus is the Reason
for the season.