Nativity Scenes - Where are They?


#1

Has anyone noticed outdoor decorations on lawns, etc.? This year, I’ve seen MAYBE three Nativity scenes - TOTAL outdoors. Everything is snowmen, trees, deer and Santas. And my count does not include only the immediate area - I’m talking any city / neighborhood I’ve passed. It’s amazing how they’re ready the weekend of Thanksgiving with enough lights to take a toll on their electric bills - but not a sign of the Reason for the Season.

It seems that scenes of the Nativity (lit or otherwise or outdoor display) - while I’m sure they are available in stores - are just not BEING displayed. It’s sad.

I have about four Nativity’s including window and indoors - some of which go up around December 8th. Wish I could put one outside. Have you noticed same?
Missing seeing the Reason for the Season…


#2

The only Nativity Scenes which I have seen this year, so far… are in our house. We have a small one, under our Christmas tree and also… one on a window. And we have an empty manger… which will receive the Christ Child, this evening.

I haven’t noticed any… outside our home. :nope: We did give small, ceramic Nativity Scenes as gifts this year, though. Hoping, that we brought the “Reason for the Season” to a few folks.

I can’t wait to see our Church on Christmas Day, too. They always do a lovely Nativity Scene.

God bless you and a Merry Christmas.


#3

I have seen three; one in our city centre (placed by our church); one in our church and our own in our sitting room.

It is sad.


#4

I’ve seen only one this year, but admittedly haven’t been able to go many places due to these winter storms.


#5

I have never seen a nativity scene outside of a house. The only places I have seen them are in pictures, or inside churches. Then again, I live in a place where Catholics are pretty much nonexistent, so who knows.


#6

Protestants put out plenty of Nativity scenes, tho’.


#7

I had read that Jesus was probably born in a small limestone cave. That the word for “manger” means cave, or something like that?


#8

We’ve got our little one in the living room. Several of our neighbors have at least the Holy Family set up in their yards- some go all out with the three Kings, etc. My hometown (Dearborn, MI) has a full nativity set up in front of City Hall, and another nearby city has a nativity set up in the city center area. Our parish has a nativity outside and one in a side alcove inside the church. I didn’t look for my cousin’s nativity last night, but I know she sets one up (she’s a lay catechist). We attended a coworker’s party last weekend, and she had one set up in her living room.

To me, it would be strange NOT to see them.


#9

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