Cass County woman has collection of 300 Nativity scenes
Dec. 04, 2017
LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — It's officially Christmastime, which for many means breaking out their Nativity scenes.
But Phyllis Lemmon, who lives outside of Lucerne, has hers on display all year round.
That's because she has over 300 of them.
She said she started collecting Nativity scenes about 20 years ago, but not intentionally. They've been gifts over the years from her children and friends.
"I don't think I bought very many of them myself," she said. "...The kids got to giving them to me and I just like them."
Nativity scenes greet visitors in the 83-year-old's interior porch, where they're even depicted on pillows and blankets adorning chairs.
Lemmon indicated she's been receiving Nativity scenes for so long that she wouldn't know where they're sold. Then she recalled the secret sister gift exchange coming up at her church.
"I thought I could get my secret sister a Nativity for Christmas but I don't even know where you buy them!" she said with a laugh.
A Nativity scene makes up the base of a lamp in her living room. Shelves of a glass cabinet are filled with them, including one as small as a thumbnail.
"I keep it in this thing because I'd lose it!" Lemmon said, holding up the plastic condiment cup she stores the tiny Nativity scene in.
One of the Nativity scenes in the cabinet fits inside a matchbox, while another was a gift from a granddaughter's visit to the Vatican.
Another display case in her living room contains an engraved Nativity scene encased in glass that her grandson brought back from Iraq during his time serving in the military there.
On another shelf in the case rests one that her daughter and her family brought back from a recent Alaskan cruise. It illustrates the birth of Jesus Christ in a regional flair, with an Eskimo Mary and Joseph surrounded by a polar bear, seal and caribou.
"I'm beginning to think I don't need anymore," Lemmon said. "...I like them. There are a few duplicates but not very many."
Snow globe and music box Nativity scenes stand on top of the display case.
Lemmon also has Nativity scene coasters and a Nativity scene picture frame holding a photograph of her grandsons.
"Sometimes I look at them and think, 'Someday somebody's going to have to get rid of all this!" she said, looking out at her collection.
Source: (Logansport) Pharos-Tribune
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