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Nativity Scenes - Information and Brief History
Here I present a collection of Nativity scenes. It wasn't the intention to collect Nativity Scenes, but there is no denying they are one of my favorite Christmas decorations. So over the years, I have come to purchase or aquire through gifts, more and more nativity scenes. Some are small, in fact most are rather small than large.
What they represent, the birth of Jesus Christ, is what is so special about them. There is no denying by anyone (no matter what one believes) that this single human being has made a bigger impact and changed more lives than any other single human being that ever lived. Fitting for a person that changed the planet forever. Not only that though, he is the beginning of Christmas. Celebrated world over, by so many, this simple scene is beloved and celebrated every year since the original birth so long ago. I hope you enjoy this collection of nativity scenes.
Brief History of Nativity Scenes
Looking back in time, we see the manger scene, in a stable, presented in the the gospels of Matthew and Luke. The traditional three dimensional or even live manger scenes typically show an infant Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and often an angel, a shepherd or shepherds, and the three magi, or wisemen or Kings. You can find often a donkey, ox, and other animals. Some very sweet ones that I have seen include a drummer boy and his lamb. You can sometimes see camels which would have helped the magi to arrive on the scene at all, traveling a long distance wherever the star led them.
The first nativity scene as we know it today, is credited to St. Francis of Assisi. Back in 1223, there was a living nativity scene that was inspired by a trip to Israel. After seeing the birthplace of Jesus, he wanted to recreate a scene where people would remember and ever since that time, people have tried to recreate similar examples.
One can find nativity scenes world over, and often you will see them in churches, shopping malls, community centers and many other venues. Often they have been displayed on public lands and in public buildings in time past and even currently. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City displays a nice Neapolitan Baroque nativity scene in front of a huge blue spruce. I would so love to see that! They are truly works of art, many that I have seen.
In my neighborhood this year, I am seeing more nativity scenes out on people's lawns than ever before. I think that is really cool. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my own nativity scenes depicting a scene that occurred over 2000 years ago. While not exactly, technically correct in terms of wise men making it by the time for the birth, the message and point remains. Point being, the Jesus was a baby or toddler worth making a long arduous trip for, no matter how long it took them.