In the courtyard outside the abbey library, where the nativity scenes were displayed, I saw this beautiful tree and tried to capture the sunlight shining through its branches.
Inside the library, the first thing we saw was this nifty tree made of a thousand origami crane.
(I'm not sure how the formatting of the rest is going to turn out ... captions are supposed to appear beside the photos!)
Some of my favorites ... a nativity from Italy, of terra cotta dressed in real fabrics ... such detail!!
Part of a nativity scene from Germany where woodland animals join in adoration of the Christ child:
One from the Philippines, of wood and woven reed and straw:
I loved this one, from Peru (check out the native dress, especially the hat on the shepherd in whte!) ...
One of woven raffia, from Colombia ...
And, an especial favorite, the "Happy Nativity" ... look at the joy in the figurines! Even the animals are smiling.
Less than a third of an incandescently lovely porcelain and silver set ... I loved the wise men and their mounts!
And two, from Africa. I know I keep saying "I loved," but I really did love how the different cultures interpret the Nativity through their own lenses. God truly is the God of all nations!
Afterward, we walked down to the river and went to the Laurens family cemetery, a spot I've wanted to visit for some time ... but that's another post for another day.