Posted by: drjamm | January 3, 2010

Eclectic creche

Every year my daughter arranges our Christmas Creche and every year a fuller story of the meaning of our own UU influenced Christmas is told. This year three epic stories collided and — with the  ease only possible in a young mind –found a cozy nest together on our living room creche scene.

Naturally, my daughter’s creche is centred on baby Jesus. Over the years, baby Jesus has been on many thrilling — and sometimes dangerous — adventures around our house. These adventures, that would even make Indiana Jones envious, would often end in the Heavenly Angel helicoptering in to rescue the Babe from peril.

Jesus is always carefully attended by Mary and Joseph who are apparently very liberal minded parents who blithely permit such wild expeditions — providing, of course, that he returns to the manger by night fall.

Next the entire cast of Rudolf-the-red-nose-reindeer comes to pay their respects to the Navity family. Once when shopping, I saw this set of Rudolf characters; it at once brought up such an urgent sense of sentimentality in my heart (no doubt because of the many childhood Christmas’ that I watched Rudolf) that I bought the play set without hesitation. My daughter has always included the Rudolf gang in the creche scene. Baby Jesus is particularly fond of riding on Rudolf’s back.

I am especially enchanted with the supernatural duo: The Abominable Snowman and the Heavenly Angel. For me the pop culture:biblical; beast:beauty; Shadow:Light juxtaposition really works for summing up all that the Winter Holiday can mean in this crazy yet Holy season. This Divine Team covers it all!

This year we had a new tradition blend in with the creche story. My daughter sculpted an animal figure to represent each of the 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac. Her little unglazed clay figures are lined up paying homage. Each night this Chinese Astrological Collective hold a reverent silence while the Babe sleeps. Actually my daughter is not yet happy with this sculpture set because they are unfinished and roughly made; but my husband was so charmed by the figures he had to include them.

Every night before I go upstairs to bed, I spend time with this creche and marvel at how rich, diverse, hilarious, disturbing, and sweet my daughter’s creche can be. She has taught me how to break down traditional barriers of what does and does not belong in our collective story of the Light Returning in the Dark of Winter. This bizarre and gorgeous, ever-changing creche scene is part of my family’s tradition. One year the creche was set in a model of a First Nations Long House that my daughter and husband crafted together. One year my daughter sculpted her own version of the Nativity family and baby Jesus had a twin. Every year I am gifted with the odd and wonderful experience of seeing our creche story expand and break with tradition and yet encompass even more of our tradition of focusing on Love, Inclusion, Adventure, Giving, and Wild Playful Imagination during this Mid-winter Holiday.

Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field; a playing field; I’ll meet you there. — my adaptation of Rumi’s famous line.


Come meet me in the Playing Field and share your story of the Light Returning in the Dark of Winter. Blessed Be.


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Photo credits: Photos by jamm at brightheartsinging.wordpress.com

Poem credit: Poem excerpt from: Rumi. The origianl quote is: “Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field; I’ll meet you there.”

bright heart singing, copyright 2010 – jamm. Creative commons attribution, non-commercial sharing only (translation: feel free to quote me in context or use this entry but please always credit me for my work, thanks.)https://brightheartsinging.wordpress.com

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  1. […] does and does not belong in our collective story of the Light Returning in the Dark of Winter. This bizarre and gorgeous, ever-changing creche scene is part of my family’s tradition. One year the creche was set in a model of a First Nations Long […]


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