Nazareth and Nativity plays #AtoZChallenge

This year my A to Z challenge is about Christmas, a major festival in the Christian Church. Another major festival is Easter, which I wrote about for the A to Z Challenge in 2020.

Nazareth was considered an insignificant town. Jesus’ mother Mary and his earthly father, Joseph lived there. This proved to be confusing to people later on in Jesus’ ministry, when they were discussing whether or not he was the Messiah. The fact that he had been born in Bethlehem seemed to have escaped them.

The Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary in Nazareth. It was there that Joseph had a dream in which an angel told him not to be afraid to marry Mary as her child was conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was not accepted as a prophet (or the Messiah) in his home town of Nazareth. Luke 4:14-29

Nativity plays are a Christmas tradition. Young children act out the Christmas story. The plays vary depending partly on the ages of the children taking part. There may be a narrator, who tells the whole story, while the children dressed in costumes form a tableau. Older children may have words to say. Usually the magi are represented as kings with crowns similar to those of European royalty. The shepherds usually have a toy lamb as a gift for the Christ child. Girls are often dressed as angels, although the named Archangels have men’s names. Usually the part of the baby Jesus is played by a doll, but occasionally a very young baby may take this part.

Nativity plays do not stick closely to the events in the Bible. The shepherds and magi are usually found together in the stable. Herod may appear in another scene.

In recent years the performance of Nativity plays in schools has become less usual. Churches may carry on the tradition, which raises awareness of the stories around the first Christmas.

The nativity play with a modern setting produced during the pandemic by a school in the Lake District is well worth watching.

While this year’s A to Z badges by Anjela Curtis honour the late Jeremy Hawkins, I hope that my posts about Christmas honour Jesus Christ, ‘who was and is and is to come’. Revelation 1:4

6 thoughts on “Nazareth and Nativity plays #AtoZChallenge

  1. “The fact that he had been born in Bethlehem seemed to have escaped them”
    I love how pretty much everything about Jesus seemed to escape those that were wrapped up in and bound by the law.
    It’s still true today.

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  2. Nativity plays do not stick closely to the events in the Bible. The shepherds and magi are usually found together in the stable. Herod may appear in another scene.

    This is true of the ones I have seen. This is a brilliant theme, and I’m learning so much about the nuances. Thank you.

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