Looking for a different display for Christmas? Try making an herbal manger. You can make the manger from scrap wood for either outside or inside and in any size from full to ornament!
There are options for what goes inside the manger too.
You can either plant with one of the creeping herbs (thyme) or . . .
create an arrangement of cut herbs (rosemary, thyme & lavender) using the following directions. Either way you will have a unique display.
Manger (any size) lined with plastic
Snippets of Herbs
Gold balls, frankincense and myrrh (indoor optional)
1. Cut and fit wet oasis in manger
2. Add fresh cut herbs
3. Add gold, frankincense and myrrh balls to decorate (optional)
Juniper – symbol of life/hope
Legend: Protected Holy family when pursued by Herod’s soldiers
Lady’s Bedstraw – symbol of humility
Legend: White blooms turned gold at Christ’s birth
Lavender – symbol of purity
Legend: Beloved by Mary and used in wash water of Christ’s clothes
Pennyroyal – symbol of wisdom
Legend: Bloomed at midnight of Christ’s birth
Rosemary – symbol of remembrance
Legend: Blooms changed color with Mary’s cloak during birth of Christ
Thyme – symbol of bravery
Legend: Picked by Joseph to scent the stable bed of Christ
Gold – symbol of royalty, authority
Used as currency and decoration
Frankincense – symbol of holiness and divinity
Used as incense and for holy anointing
Myrrh – symbol of sacrificial death
Used as an embalming herb and anointing oil
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you:
You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host
appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth
peace to men on whom his favor rests."