Perhaps hate is too strong a word. I have historically disliked and been annoyed by nativity scenes. This may sound particularly strange coming from a Christian minister. And, to be truthful, my very dislike for these scenes as disturbed me.
I love Christmas. As I posted a while back, the very reason I love Christmas so is not the decorations, songs, visiting with family (though I love these things as well), but the very person of Christ. Why then, if Christ’s coming is so very important to me, do I dislike nativity scenes.
…I realized how often Jesus is portrayed fair and blond, which he most likely wasn’t. Now I look for figures with darker skin and hair or made from a material like wood or clay that doesn’t show skin tone.
That’s it! It’s not the scenes themselves that bug me, it’s how cheesy or culturally and historically inaccurate many of them tend to be. Now that I think back on it, there have been a few that have moved me. They have all been either neutral in tone (wood, stone, clay etc.) or darker in complexion.
I like how Noel ends her post:
I want my decorations and celebration to reflect the truth that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, of all peoples.
I’ve been thinking about ways to make the celebration of Jesus arrival in this terrestrial sphere more central in our family’s Christmas celebration. I think I just might start looking for good nativity scenes to take central stage in our Christmas decorations.