My family had an interesting experience this month, we were part of a live Crèche. Doing the live Crèche is a yearly event that my village does once a week during the Victorian Christmas street-fair held in Nevada City, California, during the weeks prior to Christmas Day.
We stage an actual live Crèche with enough people to represent Mary and Joseph, the three Kings, two shepherds, and an angel or two. We are decked out in costumes from our local costume shop, and we stand in a stage-set stable, if you will, with a few twinkle-lights to brighten things up a bit.
What I find so amazing about this is that there is always a huge crowd waiting for the magical time of 7:00pm-7:30pm, when we are walk out to the set. The people wait quietly for us to sit, kneel or stand in our places, and then the photo session begins.
During this event that lasts for thirty minutes, there is a group called The Victorian Singers that sings the most beautiful songs of the season helping to create the feeling of peace and good-will. It really does set a beautiful energy or presence for the Crèche.
A bit of history: the Crèche has been staged for hundreds of years. St. Francis of Assisi, a favorite saint of mine, was the one who actually started the whole thing. He wanted all the worshipers to have room to appreciate the Crèche so he moved it from the cramped church to an outdoor grotto, of course they were using live animals as well. And to put it bluntly, it was magical.
St. Francis and the Creche
I find that every year that I am involved in this staging of the live Crèche, that a little magic happens. Something transpires, maybe just a hint of the quiet and peace that we are trying to convey during a time of shopping and chaos, but something happens. And we always have several people thanking us with deep gratitude for doing this. There are always children right up front trying to see the baby Jesus, and can swear that he is moving and alive. And who knows, maybe for those thirty minutes, he is.
Many many blessings to all this holiday season, no matter your faith or belief.
Try to open your heart to a little magic. You never know!