Christmas Decor: Scenes of The Christ’s Nativity

Hello, Everyone! I hope you all have enjoyed a delightful Summer! I know you all have ‘Christmas’ in your hearts all year and I thought you would enjoy seeing various scenes of Christ’s Nativity. So, below I’ve included several of those beautiful scenes. Additionally, I’m sharing details about His Nativity and the scenes depicting it courtesy of Wikipedia.

 

The nativity of Jesus or birth of Jesus is described in the gospels of Luke and Matthew. The two accounts agree that Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the time of Herod the Great, that his mother Mary was married to Joseph, who was of Davidic descent and was not his biological father, and that his birth was effected by divine intervention, but the two gospels agree on little else. Matthew does not mention the census, annunciation to the shepherds or presentation in the Temple, and does not give the name of the angel that appeared to Joseph to foretell the birth. In Luke there is no mention of Magi, no flight into Egypt, or Massacre of the Innocents, and the angel who announces the coming birth to Mary is named (as Gabriel).

The consensus of scholars is that both gospels were written about AD 75-85, and while it is possible that Matthew’s account might be based on Luke, or Luke’s on Matthew, the majority conclusion is that the two are independent of each other.

In Christian theology the nativity marks the birth of Jesus in fulfillment of the divine will of God, to save the world from sin. The artistic depiction of the nativity has been an important subject for Christian artists since the 4th century. Since the 13th century, the nativity scene has emphasized the humility of Jesus and promoted a more tender image of him, as a major turning point from the early “Lord and Master” image, mirroring changes in the common approaches taken by Christian pastoral ministry.

The nativity plays a major role in the Christian liturgical year. Christian congregations of the Western tradition (including the Catholic Church, the Western Rite Orthodox, the Anglican Communion, and many Protestants) begin observing the season of Advent four Sundays before Christmas, the traditional feast-day of his birth, which falls on December 25.

Christians of the Eastern Orthodox Church and Oriental Orthodox Church observe a similar season, sometimes called Advent but also called the “Nativity Fast”, which begins forty days before Christmas. Some Eastern Orthodox Christians (e.g. Greeks and Syrians) celebrate Christmas on December 25. Other Orthodox (e.g. Copts, Ethiopians, Georgians, and Russians) celebrate Christmas on (the Gregorian) January 7 (Koiak 29 on coptic calendar) as a result of their churches continuing to follow the Julian calendar, rather than the modern day Gregorian calendar.

 

In the Christian tradition, a nativity scene (also known as a manger scene, crib, crèche (/krɛʃ/or /kreɪʃ/, or in Italian presepio or presepe) is the special exhibition, particularly during the Christmas season, of art objects representing the birth of Jesus.  While the term “nativity scene” may be used of any representation of the very common subject of the Nativity of Jesus in art, it has a more specialized sense referring to seasonal displays, either using model figures in a setting or reenactments called “living nativity scenes” (tableau vivant) in which real humans and animals participate. Nativity scenes exhibit figures representing the infant Jesus, his mother, Mary, and her husband, Joseph.

Other characters from the nativity story, such as shepherds, sheep, and angels may be displayed near the manger in a barn (or cave) intended to accommodate farm animals, as described in the Gospel of Luke. A donkey and an ox are typically depicted in the scene, and the Magi and their camels, described in the Gospel of Matthew, are also included. Several cultures add other characters and objects that may or may not be Biblical.

Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first live nativity scene in 1223 in order to cultivate the worship of Christ. He himself had recently been inspired by his visit to the Holy Land, where he’d been shown Jesus’s traditional birthplace. The scene’s popularity inspired communities throughout Catholic countries to stage similar pantomimes.

Distinctive nativity scenes and traditions have been created around the world, and are displayed during the Christmas season in churches, homes, shopping malls, and other venues, and occasionally on public lands and in public buildings. Nativity scenes have not escaped controversy, and in the United States their inclusion on public lands or in public buildings has provoked court challenges.

 

 

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Nativity of Christ Jesus, John 3:16-17 KJV

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Christmas Decorations in August!

 

"Christmas All Year, It's Ever Christmas!" on image of Evergreen wreath with Christmas bow, Christmas Tree decorated with Child-themed ornaments, Christmas tree decorated with Cross and Nativity, and Carved Nativity with Evergreen tree on hayHello, Everyone!  It’s August, a beautiful month with a royal name.  As I write this post, I can see my gorgeous, evergreen Christmas wreath with beautiful ornaments and battery-operated lights, hanging on my office wall, just beyond my desk.  I’ve kept it up, beyond December, the traditional season for such decor.  Why do I have this evergreen wreath up, year-round, beyond December?  I keep this evergreen wreath up because I enjoy focusing on the bliss of Christmas, year-round!

Yes, the traditional Christmas season is months away, yet many of us carry the Spirit of Christmas with us every day! Our daily lives have the presence of that uplifting, soothing ambiance because of Christ’s Spirit being with us. We have Emmanuel with us.  (He’s also identified as the ‘God’, the ‘Universe’ & the ‘Creator’ of the universe, including humans.).  Of course, having the Spirit of Christmas each day means we are kind and charitable at home, at work, in business, as we shop, as we run errands, as we dine out and in all other interactions daily, and every month.  Consequently, living this way brings great joy to others and ourselves!

As in the traditional season/month of December, placing a beautifully-decorated Christmas tree or other evergreens such as a wreath or garland, on display, is a symbol of His ‘evergreen’, ever-present Spirit. This is why ‘Christmas All Year, It’s Ever Christmas’ resonates with so many people. We are enjoying ‘The Gift’ of Christ’s Spirit, all year, far over and beyond the delightful gifts we receive and give to each other. So, if you all have some form of Christmas decor displayed so that you (and others) can see it and enjoy it all year, we are kindred spirits in this!

 

To Keep Christ in Christmas …

“Want to keep Christ in Christmas?
Feed the hungry, clothe the naked,
forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted,
care for the ill, love your enemies,
and do unto others as you would have done unto you.”
~ Steve Maraboli

The Origin of the Word “Christmas”

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“The word for Christmas in late Old English is Cristes Maesse, the Mass of Christ, first found in 1038, and Cristes-messe, in 1131. In Dutch it is Kerst-misse, in Latin Dies Natalis, whence comes the French Noël, and Italian Il natale; in German Weihnachtsfest, from the preceeding sacred vigil.” ~ Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)

“Christmas (i.e. the Mass of Christ), in the Christian Church, the festival of the nativity of Jesus Christ.” ~ 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica

“Christmas (krĭs′ mas), the day on which the birth of Jesus Christ is observed.  The first certain traces of the festival are found about the time of the Emperor Commodus (180–192 A. D.).  In the reign of Diocletian a churchful of Christians, gathered to celebrate Christmas, were burned by order of the emperor.  The birth was celebrated in May, April and January by the early Christians.  It is almost certain that the 25th of December is not Christ’s birthday, as it is the rainy season in Judæa, and shepherds could hardly be watching their flocks by night in the plains at that time.  The present date came to be used probably because all heathen nations celebrated that season with great festivities, as the old Norse Yule-feast.  The beautiful Christmas carols at first were manger-songs, telling the story of Christ’s birth.  The Christmas-tree with its hanging toys was a custom borrowed from the Romans, and is told about by the poet Vergil.  The visit of Santa Claus bearing gifts belongs properly to December 6, the festival of St. Nicholas.” ~ The New Student’s Reference Work (1914)