December 8, 2013

Nativity Scenes—Quiz, History & Ligonier, PA, Photos


Hug for Polly



All photographs are from the December 2013

Ligonier, Pennsylvania, nativity display

at Heritage United Methodist Church


(Answers are at the end of this post)

From Stone Mountain, GA, 25 years ago.

From Stone Mountain, GA, 25 years ago.

  1. How many nativity sets did the world’s largest display of nativity sets contain?
  2. How many Nativity sets were displayed at Heritage Church in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, on December 8, 2013?
  3. Who is credited with creating the first nativity scene?
  4. Catholic and Mediterranean Nativity scenes counteracted what other tradition?
  5. The oldest Nativity set in Italy, created in marble, is attributed to whom?
  6. What Sicilian King was known to be a passionate collector of nativity sets?
  7. How many square feet did the world’s largest physical nativity contain?
  8. How many living figures were in the nativity containing the most living figures?
A friend, Fran, gave us this striking nativity set

A friend, Fran, gave us this striking nativity set

Early art depicted the nativity scene in mosaics and ornately stained glass in Churches and Cathedrals across central Europe.

A nativity scene or crèche, also known as a manger scene, or crib, is the special exhibition,, particularly during the Christmas season, of art objects representing the scene of the birth of Jesus.* Nativities  are created with static figures, living figures (persons or persons and animals), or a combination of the two. Characters are baby Jesus, his mother Mary, and Joseph. They can be accompanied by shepherds and sheep, angels, and farm animals.

The term “Nativity scene” is thought to have been used for the first time with regard to St Mary Major’s Basilica on the Esquiline Hill in Rome, known since the 7th century as “Sancta Maria ad praesepe” because according to tradition it was here the that the relics of the Cradle of Jesus were brought.**

This colorful nativity is the size of a large egg. A gift from a friend on an Arizona trip. Anne Mary Campbell

This colorful nativity is the size of a large egg. A gift from a friend on an Arizona trip. Anne Mary Campbell

St. Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first living nativity in 1223. He intended to (more…)


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Hug to Sandy


A fine head of hair adds beauty to a good face, and terror to an ugly one.  ~Lycurgus

While I was writing Farewell to Polamalu’s Golden Locks I read the following in the November 7, 2013, issue of the Ligonier Echo (item published Oct. 29, 1913):

  • How often you see an otherwise lovely face spoiled by homely hair—a face that would be most charmingly beautiful if she only had prettier hair. What a pity. And how foolish. Because that ugly hair, stringy, dull, lifeless-looking though it may be, can be made as glossy, soft, silky and beautiful as the heart could desire if only taken proper care of.

The piece took me back to the crossover time between the 1950s and 1960s when I worked very diligently to achieve the “do” of the day. I slept with varying sizes of rollers in my hair, styled my baby-thin hair strands into the stylish pageboy of the day, then doused it with excessive hairspray—and less than 5 minutes later my hair wimped out on me. I might as well not have bothered; I might as well have spent my time on something more productive. But I relentlessly kept trying.

  • Hair: we want it; we don’t want it. We try to grow it; we try to remove it. It is despised; it is sacred. It is our ‘look,” though we cannot ever actually see most of our own. But this paradox is an old one. We have been fussing with our hair for centuries.**

Years later I was the mother of a daughter, Sandy. She was luckier than I was. She had a thick head of naturally curly hair that everyone admired.

“It’s in the genes,” I’d explain.

I call the time she spent mucho time achieving the right (more…)

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