Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography


The Island Traveler’s Challenge, Weekly Image of Life: Children And Their Gifts, is very timely for me as I explore my theme “Visions of the Holidays”.  In my post today, I begin to explore the greatest gift of all, which will come in three parts.



‘Twas the night before Christmas, the eve of Christ’s birth;

Many people were resting all over the earth.

The shepherds were watching their sheep in the night,

When all of a sudden they saw a bright light.ANGEL

 And what to their wandering eyes should appear

But a beautiful angel, high up in the air.

His face was all shinning; his garments so bright

That the shepherds began to tremble with fright.


But as he came nearer, the words that he said

Soon gave them to know there was nothing to dread;

He told them of peace, with no fear or danger;

For their wonderful gift they would find in a manger.


So leaving their sheep, they went into town

To seek for this gift; they looked all around.

They came to the stable, the covers they lift.

And there in the manger—God’s wonderful gift!


So pure and so holy, so full of God’s love;

They knew it was Jesus, God’s gift from above.

And so as we think of this Savior again,

May our worship this Christmas not be in vain.


Let us love Him and Trust Him; there’s none that’s too small;

May the Lord  richly bless you,

Merry Christmas to all!

–Author Unknown

These are some of the photos I took of the life-size display of the Pittsburgh Creche.  Look for more photos in Part Two, “THE THREE WISE MEN.”



12 Responses to “GREATEST GIFT – PART ONE”

  1. Makes me want to break into a carol or two, Francine. A Merry and peaceful Christmas to you and yours.

  2. This must be a beautiful creche, Francine. Thanks for giving us this peak. Looking forward to seeing the rest of it.

  3. The poem is perfect and much better than the other one. Good pics too!
    Merry Christmas & God Bless You!

  4. Thank you for sharing the REAL reason for the season.

  5. Lovely! Love the mood here….

  6. My friend, you gave a priceless gift to us today. You shared God’s gift to all, Jesus our hope and Saviour. He is the reason for Christmas and what Christmas is all about. I showed my son this post. Merry Christmas and God bless you always and your family.

  7. Beautiful photos Francine! reminds me of the creches we adorned in school. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

  8. Merry Christmas Francine… Happy holiday.. 🙂

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  10. your posts are always so gorgeous! hope yours was a nice holiday! Z

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