Retailers running 12 Days of Deals before Christmas could be giving folks a false notion of where these dozen days arose. Wikipedia says:
The Twelve Days of Christmas, also known as Twelvetide, is a festive Christian season to celebrate the nativity of Jesus. In most Western Church traditions Christmas Day is the First Day of Christmas and the Twelve Days are 25 December – 5 January.
With two more days till our 2nd Christmas, I give you our Polish Nativity Set for consideration. This set is one that your kids can’t break (but the dog might try to chew). Purchased from the Elim Christian Center in Lwowek Slaski, Poland, this is about more than decor.
The Nativity Project is the sewing project that supports many of our church’s needier families. This project began several years ago and is continually sponsoring many families.
When the Church began, the Bethel church had an very high unemployment rate (around 90%). Many of the people in the church had come to the Lord through the Elim Mission’s ministries for the needy.
I first saw one of these sets at a PWOC Worship & Study Conference. Alas, they were fairly expensive for our budget. After waiting almost 8 years, we finally bought one and comforted our budget-conscience minds with the fact that the money helped families.
Many Americans living in Europe make the trek east of Berlin across the border to Bolesławiec where they purchase Polish pottery at a great bargain. Most never realize that a little further on is the rural community where Elim trains folks to sew and support their families with these hand-crafted manger scenes.
To purchase your own or read more about the project, the sets, the symbolism hidden in them visit the Elim Nativity Project. Add this blessing to your next Christmas.