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TIDINGS OF JOY

Learn about the traditions behind the story of Christmas.
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Each year, we pull out dusty boxes of Christmas décor. Waves of nostalgia from holidays past wash over us as carefully packed figurines tell the story of Christmas and its origins. In The Little Book of the Nativity, author Dominique Foufelle shares the history of the beloved holiday and the spiritual traditions that continue to influence celebrations around the world.

Pg. 97 This vintage illustration shows a family enjoying their nativity creche on Christmas night.

THE ORIGIN OF THE NATIVITY

The word “nativity” means “relating to birth.” The Christmas nativity is that of Jesus, born in a miraculous manner to a virgin named Mary. Jesus’ birth wasn’t celebrated until about three centuries later. “In 354, Pope Liberius set the date as December twenty-fourth to the twenty-fifth,” Foufelle writes.

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