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  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
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  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
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  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
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Joe Tyria

2017 Beverly A. Tyria Memorial Nativity Scene

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Joe,

That is an absolutely beautiful Nativity scene. I am so proud of you for continuing your Grandmothers tradition in displaying the Nativity.

I know that the pictures don't do it justice, but it is just beautiful. Wish I had the money to buy that set from Bronner's if they still made it.

Your Grandmother would be proud to know that you carry on her display.:)

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On 1/2/2018 at 5:50 PM, BamaSanta said:

Joe,

That is an absolutely beautiful Nativity scene. I am so proud of you for continuing your Grandmothers tradition in displaying the Nativity.

I know that the pictures don't do it justice, but it is just beautiful. Wish I had the money to buy that set from Bronner's if they still made it.

Your Grandmother would be proud to know that you carry on her display.:)

Bama,

Bronner's does still make their Exclusive Lifesize Nativity.  Only the figures are from the 1960's redesign, which are what most of mine are.  I do have a few of their vintage figures from molds that were destroyed in a fire in the late 1950's.  Craigslist is a wonderful thing.  Below is a link to their website.  It is VERY expensive if you get it from them, but you can always buy in sets, or be lucky and find things on Craigslist as I did.

Bronner's Exclusive Lifesize Nativity - Natural Finish

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