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The Christmas Nativity

The Christmas Nativity

In  1750, there were approximately 790 million people on this planet we call Earth.  In 1950, there were 2.5 billion people in the world.  In 2006, according the U.N. statistics, there were 6.7 billion people. 

Over 2,000 years ago a child was born. The world population has been estimated to have been approximately 200 million people at that time. Just one in 200,000,000. Nobody noticed. Just another child born in a dusty stable behind a dusty Inn in a dusty town.  

Nativity -  Middle English nativite, from Old French, from Latin nātīvitās, from nātīvus, born. See also Native ...

Jesus was born in Bethlehem. He became a "native" of Bethlehem by being born there.  The scene or actual place of His birth was called the nativity - the place of birth literally. Our picture of the place of His birth in a manger, in a cave with cattle and sheep was simply called The Nativity of Jesus. 

When Jesus was born, most people didn't even know He existed. 

  • A few people welcomed Him
  • some would seek Him
  • most ignored Him
  • A King tried to kill Him
  • Shepherds worshiped Him
  • some were too busy to notice Him

There was no room for Him at the inn in Bethlehem, so the Son of God was laid in a manger where animals stayed.

In our home, during the Advent Season (four weeks leading up to Christmas), we place a Nativity Scene in a prominant place in our home.  Usually, it is at the entryway of our home.  Anyone coming in or going out can "see" the Nativity.  We put it there as a reminder during the sometimes hectic part of the Holiday Season that Jesus came for us, that Jesus died for us, and God is with us - Emmanuel.

This year we have made a special purchase of some Nativity sets for you and your family.  Some are nothing more than a simple carving to sit on an end table or mantle. Others are larger and more detailled.  All are made in Bethlehem by Christian Artisans and are carved out of Olive wood from the Holy Land. 

Many families already have a Nativity (or many) that are used during the Advent and Christmas seasons.  Please be mindful of those that may not.  Here is a list for you to consider ...

  • a family recovering from a natural disaster
  • an orphan child 
  • patients at a local nursing home
  • a young adult off at college and away from home for the first time
  • newlyweds first Christmas
  • a homeless shelter
  • a man or woman starting over
  • a single parent family with little hope and fewer resources
  • a parent or grandparent in assisted living
  •  the VA hospital

There are more people born every year now than lived in the entire known world in 4 B.C. The opportunity to let them know and experience the love of Christ through a simple gift like these Nativities or our HoldingCrosses is greater now than it has ever been. 

Blessings to you and your Family now and forever.

Jack & Carol 

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