Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Dana F. Robin­son

On Thurs­day De­cem­ber 11th and Fri­day De­cem­ber 12th the Palmyra Stake of the Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-Day Saints will present a spir­i­tual Christ­mas gift for the cit­i­zens of South Utah County, “Unto Us a Child Is Born”, a large Christ­mas Crèche ex­hi­bi­tion which will fea­ture na­tiv­ity scenes and Christ cen­tered art­work.

The na­tiv­i­ties and art­work are be­ing do­nated by the mem­bers of the six wards that com­prise the Palmyra Stake.

A na­tiv­ity scene takes its in­spi­ra­tion from the ac­counts of the birth of Je­sus in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Saint Fran­cis of As­sisi is cred­ited with cre­at­ing the first na­tiv­ity scene in 1223 (a “liv­ing” one) in­tend­ing thereby to cul­ti­vate the wor­ship of Christ, hav­ing been in­spired by his re­cent visit to the Holy Land where he had been shown Je­sus’s tra­di­tional birth­place. The scene’s pop­u­lar­ity in­spired com­mu­ni­ties through­out Catholic coun­tries to stage sim­i­lar pan­tomimes. By the end of the 19th cen­tury na­tiv­ity scenes be­came popular beyond Catholic set­tings, and many ver­sions of var­i­ous sizes and in var­i­ous ma­te­ri­als such as ter­ra­cotta, pa­per, wood, wax and ivory were mar­keted, of­ten with a back­drop set­ting in the sta­ble.

On ex­hibit will be na­tiv­ity scenes from the very sim­ple to the or­nate from around the world. The scenes and art­work will oc­cupy the en­tire LDS church build­ing lo­cated at 353 East 400 North in Span­ish Fork with a very large floor stand­ing na­tiv­ity scene in the cul­tural hall. The doors will open at 6 p.m. each night with the view­ing hours con­clud­ing at 10 o’clock. All ages are wel­come and light re­fresh­ments will be served. There is no charge to at­tend this event.

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