Living Nativity Scene I
Living Nativity Scene I
Exposure: 1/40 sec
Aperture: f 2.2
Focal: 12.6875 mm ISO
Canon PowerShot G6
25-12-2005
More than 2000 years ago the poor carpenter Jozef and his wife Maria, in the last weeks of pregnancy, sought shelter on a cold december night.They were refused in all inns, no vacancy - nowhere to stay during the night. At last they found a stable in Bethlehem. Maria gave birth to Jesus, whom she put in a manger. To celebrate this happy event, the atrium of the town hall in The Hague is changed (as if by magic) into a real Christmas story. 25 homeless people, who live in shelters of the Salvation Army and the Kessler Foundation, play Maria, Jozef, the shepherds and the three kings Caspar, Balthasar and Melchior in a nativity scene. There are real animals too, which steal the show: a big black ox, a little donkey, a majestic camel and six dwarf goats. The hemeless actors come into contact with the citizens who visit the town hall. They give the visiting children mandarins and colouring pictures. Around the nativity scene a musical program is organised.

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