Friday, December 26, 2014

Day 93 Merry Christmas, Carnegie Museum, presepio

Today was a time to decompress after so much hustle and bustle leading up to Christmas Day.  Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned From a Little Golden Book,  ends with the reminder that Christmas  is the time  “when joy came. One night in a manger,  under a star, a night witnessed by both shepherds and kings, when gifts were given to a waiting word…the gift of love.”   It was great to reflect on this at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History where the museum’s Hall of Architecture was   transformed into a winter wonderland with  huge decorated  trees and  a 18th Century Nativity.


Hall of Architecture Carnegie Museum

It was far from a  winter   wonderland  in Pittsburgh this year with  almost 60 degree temperatures and rain. At the Carnegie Museum’s  Hall of Architecture the trees tower among  Roman, Greek and Italian sculptures.  It felt like a winter wonderland with a snowman tree, a beautiful blue snowflake  tree and one with a Frozen  movie theme.   

The Nativity or presepio was handcrafted between 1700 and 1830 and represents an 18- century Italian village . There are more than 100 figures which cover 250 square feet. The figures  that are  beautifully detailed reminded me of the  life sized wooden statues  in Day 35 St Anthony Chapel .  
This was a great way to relax walking among the art and trees and to have a visual of the  Christmas story. I say give it a try or find another decorated place like this to  keep  your Christmas going a little longer this season!
Spiritual Reflection
“Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
She will give  birth to a son,
and he will be called Emmanuel
(meaning, God is with us)” Matthew 1:23

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