Tag Archives: art of the nativity

  • National Christmas Center in Pennsylvania displays historical nativity sets year around

    Where to See Nativity Sets Year-Around in America

    It is easy to get into the Christmas spirit in December when carols are playing everywhere you go, and the stores are filled with holiday displays. But what if you want to keep the feeling of Christmas all year long? You’re in luck. There are some museums, churches and retailers in America that offer nativity

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  • Best Creche Exhibitions to Visit This Christmas

    We all often hear the question, “What is the true meaning of Christmas?” One of the simplest and best ways to contemplate the holiday is by viewing a creche display. It is difficult not to be moved by the humble and yet extraordinary circumstances of the night Jesus was born. Artists have represented the Holy

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  • Idaho nativity set collector Richard Nourse

    1,800 and counting: Meet the Idaho Man Who Fills His Home with Nativity Sets All Year Long

    Richard Nourse admits he has always enjoyed collecting things, but over the past six years, he has gotten serious about the hobby. He estimates he has about 1,800 nativity sets – a unique and personal collection comprised mostly of thrift store finds. Nourse, who celebrates his 90th birthday in October, says he got interested in nativity

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  • donkey and ox next to Virgin Mary at nativity

    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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  • Woman explaining nativity scene to children

    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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  • Jim Morrison's National Christmas Center in Pennsylvania

    National Christmas Center Keeps Memories Alive

    At the National Christmas Center, it is common to hear a grandfather whisper to a grandchild, “That’s the train I had when I was your age.”  Another visitor may gasp and say something like, “We had that ornament on our tree when I was a little girl.” “We make people happy here by taking them

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