“And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!””
What a night! We love the Biblical account of the night Jesus was born. I realize that so many of our activities, celebrations and festivities about the event are based on assumptions and traditions. That’s quite alright as long as we remember this fact.
We enjoy red and green, shiny and ornate, but there were likely no bright colors that night. Our Nativities are special and a focal point in several places in our home. All of them have wise men, gifts in hand, surrounding the new born King. Those guys probably showed up much later, but we still give them a spot in the scene. And of course there are 3 of them. Maybe there were 3. Maybe more!
A manger is a feeding trough for animals. Jesus was laid in one after His birth. Most of our depictions of a manger are made of wood, filled with hay and sitting inside a wooden stable. Perhaps this is exactly as it was that night. We were able to see some very old feeding troughs while visiting Israel and they were made of stone. Some believe the birth took place in a cave area where animals were kept and fed and not in a wooden stable at all. Wood was a precious commodity in Judea.
December 25 is our day to celebrate the birth of Jesus, God in flesh. We have no positive way to know the exact day, but it is certain, based on scripture, that Christ was born at night.
Yes, what a night. A night like no other. Before or since.
O Holy Night!!
Thanks for letting me join in on this week’s tablescape!
The inspiration for our family Christmas table is the small white nativity made by my Mother many years ago. This is so special to me because although she isn’t with us anymore, her life and legacy still live on in our family!