Monday, December 04, 2006

Nativity sets from around the world

Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?
Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Christmas
Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights, please...
Linus, A Charlie Brown Christmas
This weekend, see for yourself what Christmas is all about as Saint Mary's Church in Belleville offers a display of 30 nativity scenes from North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

The whole community is invited. Parents, grandparents... artists and travelers... everyone -- young and old! Admission is free. Sunday, Dec. 10 from 3PM to 7PM and Monday, Dec. 11 from 9AM to 7PM.
The nativity set is -- after the cross -- perhaps the most popular Christian symbol in the world! And it's amazing to see how each nationality, each culture has taken the nativity as 'its own'. Children, especially, love the story, the figures, the displays.
As examples of what to expect, pictured above is a European gothic nativity, and below are a copper and wood nativity from India and a "clay thimble style" nativity with straw hut from Vietnam. Click on the photos for larger views.

That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
Linus, A Charlie Brown Christmas

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