To close the year we present 12 creches. St Francis of Assisi is credited with producing the first pantomime of the nativity in 1223. Performers still dress and play out the story of the birth of Christ in church and school productions. More ubiquitous are the sculpted versions of the scene. These depict Jesus lying in a manger with Mary and Joseph at either side. Depending on the complexity of presentation, there may be a stable setting and various characters – an angel with guiding star, animals, shepherds, the wise men and others. We found the examples below in a parking lot, on a fire escape, also in and around several local churches. Our critical eye tends to soften focus when confronted with these acts of devotion. We’re charmed by each display, humble or grand. Best wishes for the holidays, see you in 2014!
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