James Clinkscales, 75, said his wife, Pilar, 79, has collected more than 300 pieces of “the whole Christmas story,” including the wise men, camels, shepherds and sheep.
“Every year it gets better, though,” James Clinkscales said.
Jan. 6 is El Día de los Reyes, or the Day of the Kings, in Spanish. According to custom, this is the day when a group of kings, or magi from Arabia, the Orient and Africa brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus after following a star in the heavens. In other Christian traditions, Jan. 6 is also known as Epiphany.
Pilar Clinkscales’ figurines and small buildings are presented on a sandy surface, sometimes incorporating caves or mountains, James Clinkscales said.
The display is in the foyer of the Clinkscales’ home on Cottonwood Drive, off Bells Ferry Road north of Piedmont Road, where the couple has lived for 44 years.
Pilar Clinkscales is an artist who creates mostly acrylic paintings of landscapes and animals, her husband said.
James Clinkscales was the headmaster of The Walker School in the early 1960s. The couple has been married for 53 years after meeting while James Clinkscales was an exchange student in Spain, he said.
The couple has four children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.