Arletta Oriani’s nativity set was a wedding gift.
Arletta and Joe Oriani’s nativity set was a wedding gift from her brother, Brent, who is a Presbyterian Church USA pastor. The crèche is made of olive wood and it came from the Holy Land. All the figures are hand-carved.
Joe and Arletta were married on November 27, 1999, in Flemington, New Jersey. For fifteen years this nativity has graced their home. Set on a table, they too follow the tradition of Joe’s childhood of not putting the Baby Jesus in the manger until Christmas Eve. While they keep the nativity out longer now, it is carefully packed and stored after the Christmas season is over.
Scripture: John 2:1-11
Thought for the Day: Have you ever given a faith-based gift such as a nativity set as a wedding present?
Prayer: O Lord, we thank You that You attended a wedding in Cana of Galilee and that You spared the couple embarrassment when the wine supply gave out. While household items and money are fine wedding gifts, keep us mindful that a faith-based gift may be a great blessing and a special treasure to a couple as they begin their life together and look forward to that first Christmas as husband and wife. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.