Every year Robin Hartman, Director of Library Services, puts her nativity collection on display for Christmas.
I have been seriously collecting unique nativity sets for about ten years. I like to see how different cultures and artisans represent the birth of Jesus. It reminds me in a tangible way of the fact that His coming was not limited to a small geographical region, but He came to all of us. I also find some of the traditional features interesting. For instance, did you know that often you can only tell the Joseph figure from the shepherds because he carries a lantern? Besides numerous traditional Eurocentric varieties, I now have nativities representing several American art styles and a growing number of international sets from different countries including India, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Tanzania, and Vietnam.
Merry Christmas to all!