In celebration of Christmas and the season of holidays of other faiths, I send this sketch play image to wish you happy times with family and friends, the joy of children and adults, attitudes of peace, and health and prosperity in the new year.
The Christmas story of The Nativity is part of my family’s history. It brings on tender feelings and nostalgia, a longing to experience some real or imagined former pleasure. There’s no denying the world has changed, I’ve changed. But, this is the story of one family’s heroic journey and there is comfort in the story.
I have a collection of dictionaries and I decided to look up the word “nativity”. At some point in time, a change took place and “nativity” became “The Nativity”.
- 1905 The Twentieth Century Dictionary definition: nativity(n)-a coming into life or the world: time, place and manner of birth; a horoscope.
- 1936 Twentieth-Century Dictionary of the English Language: nativity(n)- 1. birth; the coming into life or the world; as, the feast of Christmas is observed in memory of Christ’s nativity; 2. Time, place, manner of birth; 3. The state of being produced; 4. In astrology, … positions of the heavenly bodies at the moment of one’s birth, supposed to indicate his future destinies…; 5. In art, a painting representing the infant Jesus in a manger.
- 1988 New Lexicon Webster’s Dictionary: Nativity (n): the birth of Jesus Christ (festival commemorating this, Christmas).
It is fun to explore one’s own nativity. I don’t know the time of day I was born, but I do know it was a Friday, and there was a full moon that night.