Open a home to build a home

The Margrifs’ very first nativity scene.

Story and photos by Jackie Stark

It may be January, but Christmas is not over just yet at 128 Timber Lane in Harvey. With more than 300 Nativity sets on display throughout their home, Fred and Carol Margrif are continuing to spread a little Christmas cheer for those willing to come take a look. The couple has been collecting Nativity scenes for decades and has their entire collection on display to raise money for Marquette County Habitat for Humanity.

Calling the fundraiser “Open A Home To Build A Home,” the Margrifs are accepting donations at the door during several open houses scheduled through January.

Preparation for the open houses began months ago, when, in October, Carol took down everything from her walls, and removed anything that was sitting on a shelf or a table.

In November, she pulled all the Nativity sets out—more than 300 of them—putting them together around her home in places she felt were best suited to each individual set.

“Looking at your colors, looking at whether they’re going to be at a low level or a high level, where the eye is, what the light is going to be in the daytime and at night,” Carol said. “It’s just a big job.”

The couple bought their first nativity set the year they got married. Having grown up with them, they wanted to have one in their own home as well, and chose a set from Germany they found in Frankenmuth…

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