Wish you a blessed and joyous Christmas, dear readers! May the joy and peace of Christmas be with each and every one of you now and in the new year to come
I read this Christmas Affirmation in a Christmas greeting that I received recently:
I believe that Christmas is more than a time for parties and ornaments; it is a time for remembering Christ and the incarnation of God’s love in human flesh.
I believe there are gifts more important than the ones under the Christmas tree, the things we teach our children, the way we share ourselves with friends, and the industry with which we set about reshaping the world in our time.
I believe that the finest carols are often sung by the poorest voices; from hearts made warm by the wonder of the season.
I believe in the angel’s message that we should not be afraid – that the Child of Bethlehem is able to overcome all anxieties and insecurities.
I believe in prayer and quietness as a way of appropriating Christmas – that if I wait in silence I will experience the presence of the One born in the manger, for He lives today as surely as He lived then.
I believe in going away from Christmas as the wise men went: “another way.” I want to be different when these days are past – more centered, more thoughtful, more caring.
And I believe God will help me. Amen
I have working on some of the origami from John Montroll’s ‘Christmas Origami‘. I thought it would be great if I could complete the Holy Family from the book. Once the Holy Family was completed, I continued making the wise men and the shepherds. I was also wondering if I should make the angel and a couple of sheep, but decided to stop with this.
It is possible to make the characters stand by bending the origami slightly in half, but unfortunately I just couldn’t get a picture of the entire set by doing this. One or the other would fall flat on its face, until I got very frustrated and used toothpicks to prop up the people Much easier!!
Model: Nativity Scene
Creator: John Montroll
Book: Christmas Origami
Author: John Montroll
Difficulty Level: Low Intermediate
Paper Ratio: Square
Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Wise Men – 6 inches
Cane – 3 inches
Baby Jesus – 3 inch
Cradle – 6 inch
Manger – 10 inch