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The creche our family uses is from the 1920s and belonged to my grandmother, Ina Dallowitz. The setting is formed out of dark, rough-cut wood detailed with small branches.

The creche our family uses is from the 1920s and belonged to my grandmother, Ina Dallowitz. The setting is formed out of dark, rough-cut wood detailed with small branches.

Our family's tradition with creche begins the first day of Advent. We display only the stable and manger pieces on a bed of princess pine. Early in the day on Christmas Eve, Mary and Joseph are added. After we return home from a Christmas Eve service at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, our son, Anders, and daughter, Ina-Marie, have the honor of placing baby Jesus into the manger and a shepherd.  Then, we light six candles in a Rorstrand Swedish candle holder to illuminate the display.

On the day of Epiphany (Jan. 6), the three kings from the Orient are added. The creche remains up until St. Knut Day on Jan. 13, which ends the Christmas celebration here and in Sweden.

Silverness livesat Caribou Lake.

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