My Grandpa’s Manger

heirloom christmas gifts

Some of my most treasured possessions were heirloom Christmas gifts.Do you have a gift you can give your family that will last for generations?

My grandfather will be 102 in March. He was the first in his family to graduate from college right in the thick of the Depression.

Grandpa at 100 with Grandma, the grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Grandpa at 100 with Grandma, the grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Grandpa moved to Cleveland and was a mechanical engineer as air conditioning was just starting to come into vogue. He retired in his 70′s and kept busy making items for the family in his woodworking shop.

His creations were always functional and solved a problem. He started with lap boards so we could work while sitting in easy chairs.

Later, he created  a few shelves for my mother’s never ending stamp collection. One year, I asked for a shelf for my collection, too. I knew I wanted something made by grandpa and this would be good.

heirloom christmas gifts

But I wanted something more. Something that could be passed on for generations. Something that would bless our family and all who saw it. I wanted… a manger.

“A manger?” grandpa said. I think it was a tall order. But that Christmas when Joey was just a baby himself Grandpa delivered – a manger.

joey and the manger

Every year it sits in my front hall. Most visitors comment, and I am able to share how my grandpa, then 89, made this manger for me.

The greatest gift I have ever received is the gift of that baby in the manger. I hope your Christmas is blessed and you feel the never ending love of the baby Jesus.

Merry Christmas.


  1. Lisa M says

    My most treasured Christmas decoration is also a manger scene. My mom, who passed in 2004, painted all of the figures. I love it’s simple beauty.

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