Frenchman's Bay, Maine

Frenchman's Bay, Maine

Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Christmas Poem

Notice the little clay hedgehog in the circle of animals around Jesus' manger. I picked him up at a German flohmarkt (flea market). He reminds me of a stanza from the Anglican hymn -- "All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all."


To an open house in the evening
Home shall men come,
To an older place than Eden
And a taller town than Rome.
To the end of the way of the wandering star,
To the things that cannot be and that are,
To the place where God was homeless
And all men are at home.

--G.K. Chesterton

--Painting is in the Speyer Dom


Betsy said...

How great-- we have a lot of the same figurines in our nativity scene. It's one that I used to play with when I was very small and my parents passed it on to me at some pointj-- is yours older too?

Hope you're enjoying your holiday!

Africakid said...


I had a similar nativity set that I played with as a child--so when I saw this one in a thrift store a few years ago, I snatched it up! Now I have fun adding to the animal collection.

Yes, I'm loving the chance to have all five of us together for a little bit. Don't know how often this will happen in the future...