This Nativity Plaque, Polished, beautifully depicts the Holy Family on Christmas morning: Jesus is wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying the manger, Joseph is gazing reverently upon the newborn Messiah, and Mary lies in bed, exhausted from the labor of giving birth. This is a Christmas plaque that will be a powerful reminder of the real “reason for the season” and a fantastic Christmas stocking stuffer!
The Nativity Plaque – An Awesome Labor of Love, Faith, and Hope
This freestanding plaque of the Nativity measures 3.2 by 3.2 inches. Composed of highly polished dolomite stone and resin, this plaque has the look and feel of ivory. Cloistered nuns create, make, and hand-finish this plaque in the atelier of their monastery in Western Europe. Each nun prayerfully commits herself to a specific task as her contribution to each completed plaque. How, where, and by whom the Nativity Plaque is made ensures that it is indeed most ”culturally authentic”! This plaque is an awesome labor of love, hope and faith!
Serenity on Christmas Morning followed by Drama and Danger
The Holy Family is usually depicted on Christmas morning enjoying a moment of pure serenity. Yet the circumstances of Jesus’ birth were definitely anything but serene! Joseph almost divorced Mary since she carrying another’s child in her womb. The Roman occupation forces compelled Joseph and the pregnant Mary to travel on a long and arduous journey to Bethlehem to be registered. Once in Bethlehem, they searched in vain for a safe and clean place for Mary to give birth, but were forced to settle for the smelly squalor of an animal stall with hardly any protection from the elements. After Jesus’ birth, they fled Bethlehem in fear of Jesus’ life. Now refugees forced from their homeland, they went on an even longer and more arduous journey to distant Egypt. While our families may never experience what the Holy Family did, each of our families (like every normal family) certainly has more than its share of drama, tension, and stress! Yet each of our families is called – in spite of and because of personal and familial strains and stresses – to become a “holy family” as well.