Sunday, January 3, 2010


Margaret Jane returned from Newark yesterday, ready to be out of the cold. Today we celebrated the three kings, and here they are as they appear in Santa Lucia's creche. This creche has a quality I've seen in many church nativity sets in Guatemala and El Salvador - the figures are out of proportion to each other, with the Christ Child a great deal larger than his parents, and the kings and shepherds a fair bit smaller than Mary and Joseph. Today it struck me for the first time that this may be deliberate, a way of showing the relative importance of each person in the scene. Of course Jesus is the largest!

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