Recently, we had the opportunity to travel to Apex, NC to attend their annual Apex Christmas Nativity Celebration. We had heard many good things about it and wanted to see if it was something we could make a tradition in our family. Because we did not know really what to expect and we were on a tight schedule due to another event we were attending that night, we did not spend nearly as much time as we wish we could have. However, even our rushed 25 minute stop there was well worth it.
About the Nativity Celebration
It is held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Apex, North Carolina. While it is sponsored by the church, it invites those from all over the community to participate. There are literally hundreds of Nativity sets from all over the community that people have graciously donated for a 3-day celebration of the birth of our Savior. There are musical performances by high school choirs, quartets, soloists, the Apex Stake Children's Choir, the Triangle Community Orchestra, and various other bands and musicians. It is a very popular event. The photo below shows how it looked just after opening at 6 p.m.
My older two children, ages 6 and 3, were mesmerized. They wanted to look at each Nativity in detail. I had to "shush" them when they tried to shout with excitement about what caught their eye.
There are Nativities of all types. Some come from various places throughout the world. Some are handcrafted/homemade. Some are very, very unique. Some of them are absolutely breathtaking. I took way too many pictures (as I usually tend to do) and narrowed it down to
a few about twenty of my favorites. Especially while looking through the Nativities from various countries, it really puts into perspective how this one event in history has impacted the hearts and faith of people from around the world, and this is how they choose to commemorate it.
From Around the World
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." - Luke 2:11
"Each of us is an Innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus."
- Neal A. Maxwell
"Look for Christ and you will find Him. And with Him, everything else."
- C. S. Lewis
"Christmas is the spirit of giving, without a thought of getting."
- Thomas S. Monson
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace"
- Isaiah 9:6
"As the Christmas season envelops us with all its glory, may we, as did the wise men, seek a bright, particular star to guide us in our celebration of the Savior's birth."
- Thomas S. Monson
"The glitter of the season should never ... prevent us from truly seeing The Prince of Peace."
- Dieter F. Uchtdorf
My Children's Favorite
My Favorite "Homemade" Nativity
Live Nativity Scene
"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men."