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    Posted December 22, 2012 by
    Everett, Washington
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Newtown school shooting: Thoughts and tributes

    Aggiedon and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Tributes for Newtown

    Nativity for Newtown


    Merry Christmas

    Peace on Earth


    The Anderson’s Nativity

    In 2002, we began with the basic Nativity featuring Mary, Joseph, and the newborn Jesus.  We made it from a kit we purchased at Lowes including plywood, a template with the diagram printed on it, and a big piece of carbon paper.  Following the directions, we placed the carbon paper on the plywood, traced the diagram from the template on top of the carbon paper, cut it out with a jigsaw, and then painted it accordingly.  We set it out in the yard with a spotlight on it. 

    In each of the following years, we’ve added the figures so displayed: a donkey, 3 Wisemen, a camel, an angel, a star, a lamb, a cow, and a shepherd boy.  In 2009, we paid tribute to the Lakewood and Seattle, WA police officers who had recently lost their lives in the line of duty…thus the angelic police officer approaching the manger (seen in subsequent photo).

    We made these by finding a picture of what we wanted to add, cutting it out on paper, shining a flashlight on it to project a shadow onto plywood, then cutting it out and painting it. With the addition of a projector to our household in recent years, this advanced technology allowed us to project our desired image directly onto the plywood. We continue to fine-tune the process.

    While we can always add other animals, more shepherds, or even a stable, the recent tragedy in Newtown, CT offered the opportunity for us to remember the most innocent of lives.  The little girl at her school desk represents the 20 most loved children in the world.  The apple on the desk is a reminder of the faculty and staff who lost their lives protecting them.

    We can envision the students sitting at the front of the heavenly class earnestly drawing the Nativity in all its glory in front of them.  We hope that such an image offers much peace, love, and hope especially to the families they leave behind and to all of us!  We pray for them, their families, and the community of Newtown, CT.  We also pray that in the years to come, the Anderson Nativity will only see the addition of more barn animals, shepherds, and perhaps someday a stable!

    With love from the Andersons of Everett, WA (Don, Arian, Olivia, Eyler, and Monty the dog)!


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