Before they take them down, I thought I'd post these Nativity scenes in Santa Monica, California. For 60 years, these Nativity scenes were displayed along Pacific Palisades Park, until some atheist groups protested to the city causing the ban of these scenes on public property.
It had been part of our family tradition to drive by the Nativity Scenes with the children and tell the Christmas Story to them. The ban made me very sad. Can you imagine such mean-spiritedness to cause the banning of these scenes?
For two years now, the Nativity Scenes have been on private land - this year on Mt. Olive Lutheran's grounds. Goodbye for now, Nativity Scenes, and see you again next year. (The pictures show some, not all, of the Nativity Scenes.)
Santa Monica Churches State Live Nativity Scenes
The Weeping Statue of Mary in Odlot, by Cecilia Brainard in Positively Filipino
New Year's Resolutions of some friends (and me!)
New Year: Vietnamese Tet and the Kitchen Gods
All for now,