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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • nativity set in Japan missionary yard

    Christian Missionary in Japan Uses Nativity Scene to Reach Community

    Peter O’Neill has served as an American missionary in Asia for more than three decades. In the early 1980s, Peter lived and taught at a university in Beijing and helped bring the Gospel to Communist China. For the past 23 years, he and his wife, Atsuko, have served in a Japanese community about two hours

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  • Charlie Brown outdoor nativity manger scene

    The Story of the Peanuts Nativity Scene

    On Dec. 9, 1965, a new Christmas classic was born. That evening, an estimated 15,490,000 people sat down to watch the premiere presentation of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on their television sets. Since then, millions more people have watched this heartwarming Peanuts cartoon on video or in its annual re-broadcasts on network television. As Charlie

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