Modern Manger?

Moonlit Stable

What did the Bethlehem manger scene really look like?  I’ve seen it depicted in many ways, from a cold stark cave to a well-furnished stable with individual pens for the livestock.  History tells us that many households, depending on economic status, shared living quarters with their livestock.  So, let your imagination be your guide.

It was so still, so quiet that late November night, and the moon was so bright I had a double take at this scene of my neighbor’s barn.   Something looked familiar to me, but I couldn’t place it.  I marveled at the scene and let serenity envelop me, but I didn’t think too much more about it.

A few days later, while unpacking the nativity scene, it hit me.  The architecture of my neighbor’s barn is similar to the stable in my nativity set.   Not the cupolas nor the palatial size of it (Geez, my neighbor’s barn is larger than my house!).  The feeders are different too: steel troughs hung on the wall filled with hay, not a wooden manger set in the middle of the stable.  No, just the overhang that juts out from the main structure providing shelter for the animals was exactly like the stable in my nativity set.

Was this just coincidence?  Hmmm, I wonder what it was really like in Bethlehem on that first Christmas Eve?

Thought for the Day:  Aren’t we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas?   You know, the birth of Santa.   Matt Groening – “The Simpsons”

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