The "manger" for the Nativity...

Our Nativity scene - Yes, the manger is in there, it's the stable that's missing!
@reinydawn (11649)
United States
January 8, 2009 6:57am CST
This is kinda belated since we're getting ready to put the Christmas decorations away, and this actually started over Thanksgiving when we put the Nativity out for display. My husband's mother did a lot of ceramics and she painted a Nativity. Although it really belongs to my sister-in-law, we have it right now. When my husband went to put it out, he told me that he didn't bring the manger out of his fathers attic, which is a good thing because we didn't have the room for it on the bay window. I looked at him like he was nuts. I mean, the figurines are big, but they're not that big! And besides, what's the point in putting out the Nativity if you're missing the manger? I mean, that's the most important part! Well, come to find out, he thought the manger was the stable or barn that you put everything in. He found it hard to believe that the manger is actually just the box that the baby Jesus is laid in. What was even funnier to me is that when his sister came over for dinner she also said it would have been nice to have the manger out with the Nativity. How can a whole family have this wrong? You'd think that somewhere in the last 40 years someone would have corrected them? I wonder how many odd looks they got when they said something like that?I think they're always going to call the stable the manger though, I think it's too late to teach those old dogs new tricks. Do you know someone who is constantly calling something the wrong name, even after they've been corrected many times for it?
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• United States
9 Jan 09
reiny this is a common mistake. A lot of people do not know that the manger is just the box that the animals eat out of that they laid Jesus in and not the whole barn. I think that is why they have not been corrected.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
11 Jan 09
I had never heard that before this year. I guess I've just been around people that know what it is. Now I'm sure I'll pick up on it more that it's been brought to my attention.
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• United States
11 Jan 09
Lets face it reiny you are just tooooooooooo smart for your own good.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Aren't I just too pathetic?
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
9 Jan 09
Hey reiny! I think your husband must be a riot to be with! And his family must be funny too! How could they possibly not know what the manger is? Everyone knows what the manger is! I think little kids in kindergarten learn what the manger is! How could that have possibly gotten past them all these years? I just have never heard of anything like that! And to think the whole family thinks that way? I just don't know what else to say!
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
11 Jan 09
Sometimes I wonder that I'm the only one that knows this stuff. I went to a Catholi grade school and learned a lot of things that kids in public shools didn't. But he went to a Catholic church and Sunday School. You'd think they would have taught thim this??? I joke with him all the time that the high school he went to is crappy, but I'm usually being serious about it.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
8 Jan 09
Oh goodness, yes. My ex-husband was notorious for screwing up with the wrong words. We had horses, so of course had the farrier come out every 6-8 weeks to trim hooves on a regular basis. Whenever we mentioned the farrier for whatever reason, he would goof it up and say something like 'when is the courier coming again'? Drove me nuts.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
8 Jan 09
Oh, that would so drive me crazy! Especially if it's something that happens all the time. I probably only have to deal with this once a year.
@kykidd (6819)
• United States
8 Jan 09
Oh my goodness, what a story! You had me rolling. This definitely sounds like something my brother or my mom would do. I can't think of an exact example right now as I am laughing so hard. I guess you are right, you can't teach an old dog new tricks. If they have been calling it that for 40 years it would take a while to break that habit. Thanks for the story and have a wonderful year!
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
8 Jan 09
I think about that every time I look at the Nativity. It does make me smile!