Friday, December 7, 2012

Seeing the Seasonal Art

My lovely Green Man

In order to understand my thought process you'll probably need to read this blog.
It's been a long time since I've been able to *see* religious art.
But now that I have, I'm on a roll.

Having just completed coordinating FESTIVAL of the SEASON, where one of my displays was a live barnyard scene featuring a storyteller gifting us with THE NIGHT THE ANIMALS TALKED, I stumbled upon this creche made in Italy just sitting in the thrift store, for $4.99.

It had to make the trip home with me.
(Because, as we all know, I need just *one* more piece of thrift!)  

Nativity scenes abound in the shops this time of year but this one was particularly lovely.
I wouldn't say no to a barn like this!
(Though I could do without the three wise men and the camel........)

At any rate, this will be the first time in my adult life that I will display the Nativity in my home as I celebrate my beloved pagan Yule.  I see Baby Jesus as the Sun King and the animals, well, we know they played a very important part.  They always do.

All the characters were in a bag, but when I got home I found this......
a wee hidden oxen.  Amazing that he made the trip from donation to my home, hidden in his little cubby!

The stable is marked MADE IN ITALY on the bottom as are the characters, with the added date of 1983.
It all is so amazingly detailed.

There was no goat.....  :(
but I like to think that this would be my Darla.....
I also like to think that on that night, a goat was there.

It's all quite beautiful and I do look forward to enjoying it this holiday season.

'Tis the Season......See the Art!

Blessed Yule, my friends.
I honor and celebrate with you in the belief of your choice.


Marigold said...

You always manage to find such magical things! Truly you do see 'the art'. What a magnificent mind you have. :) Yes. Of COURSE there was a goat there!!!! (we know) :)

Spinners End Farm said...

Surely there would have been a goat! I have very similar sentiments to yours Mimi. Happy Yule! We'll be putting up the rest of our greenery today.

Candy C. said...

It is a lovely Nativity set, what detail! You know there was a goat, they are everywhere!! Happy Yule to you! :)