Pictured here is a 65 year-old nativity scene, or crèche, which Sr. Elaine Marie, bookkeeper at St. Anne’s received for a Christmas gift at nine years of age. As she grew up, she and her parents would set it up on their farmstead each year. More figures, such as a deer, Santa, some of the angels, and, of course a dog, where added to the original set over the years. Even after Sr. Elaine entered Religious Life in the late 1950s, her parents continued to put up the set at Christmastime. When they moved to live and work at St. Anne’s some years later, they brought it with them; her mom continued setting it up in her apartment here. Today, this crèche sets on top of a file cabinet in the main office here at St. Anne’s, where staff can be reminded of the miracle of the first Christmas.
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