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    Were Animals in the Manger on the First Christmas?

    Most representations of Jesus’ birth show donkeys, cows, and sheep watching over the Holy Family and a camel or two arriving with the Three Kings. Artistic renderings may include animals that are native to the artist’s country. For example, an African artist might include a zebra or a giraffe at the manger scene. But what

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    Glencairn Museum: Nativity Collection in a Castle

    If you will be in the Philadelphia area this holiday season, you owe it to yourself to plan a visit to Glencairn in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. Built between 1928 and 1939, Glencairn is an impressive Medieval-style castle that first served as a private home for the Raymond Pitcairn family and now serves as a museum.

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    The Best Nativity Books for Children

    If you are a parent or grandparent, one of most pleasant parts of the Christmas season can be talking with your young children about night Jesus was born. The story of the first Christmas is magical, and children love hearing it again and again. They also enjoy acting out the events of that Holy Night

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    Ultimate Guide to Organizing a Live Nativity

    Nativity scenes are a thoughtful and meaningful way to celebrate Christmas. People of all ages and backgrounds enjoy taking a look at the Holy Family and the other participants of that incredible first Christmas. However, bringing a nativity scene to life with real people in a realistic setting takes everything to another level. In fact,

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    Guide to Vintage Christmas Decorations

    Christmas decorating is about memory making. If you are a parent or a grandparent, you want to make Christmas special for the kids. If you are a young person, you may feel the holiday season hasn’t begun until Mom or Dad hauls out the boxes out of the attic or basement. No matter what your

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  • Child playing with small wooden nativity set

    Guide to Nativity Sets for Children

    Did you grow up in a household with a nativity set that was a cherished family heirloom? If you did, you probably remember watching your mom unpack it each year shortly after Thanksgiving. As she lovingly nestled each piece into its spot in or near the manger, she might have told you about its history

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