It has been said that Francis of Assisi created the very first Christmas nativity scene in AD 1223 after a trip to the Holy Land and Christ’s birthplace. Today, around the world, Nativity scenes are displayed in front of Churches, in people’s homes, and in many other places.
The word nativity is taken from the Latin nativus, which means “arisen by birth.” A nativity scene is a representation of the night of Jesus’ birth as depicted in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
This past week, our students created a simple version of a nativity scene using a clementine box, raffia, burlap, and paper characters including baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, an angel, 3 wisemen and some animals.
Do you have a nativity scene in your home? If so, where is it located?