The joy of the Nativity -- Part 2

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[November 28, 2012]     Send a link to a friend

The first Nativity scene is believed to have been created by St. Francis of Assisi in the mid- to late 13th century. That first scene was created using living beings. The re-enactment of the birth of Christ was set in a cave in Greccio, Italy.

In later centuries the Nativity took on the form of art and was displayed regularly in European churches. In the 16th century, smaller models began appearing in homes.

The first Nativity was created to remind believers of the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Christ. The same is true today as believers each year set out their Nativities as a testament of what they hold in their heart at Christmastime.

Some of the most famous Nativity scenes can be found at the Vatican, the White House and in Bethlehem, Pa.

Among the congregants at St. John UCC, some of the better-known pieces are those made by local woodcarvers such as Larry Wilham, Larry Ingram and Linda Trommer.

Pictures by  Nila Smith

Handmade by Lawrence Wilham as a gift to Kathy Maske

Made by Lawrence Wilham


Made by Lawrence Wilham

Made by Lawrence Wilham

Made by Lawrence Wilham

Made by Lawrence Wilham


Owned by Sandy Wilmert and made by her uncle Larry Wilham

Made by Linda Trommer and owned by Sandy Meinershagen

Carved from a cypress knee by Larry Ingram



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