Birds of Christmas: The Crèche
GREENE CO., MO. — Part two of a series in which I set out explore some of the ways that birds help us celebrate Christmas.
Birds do not figure prominently into most depictions of the nativity; they are often excluded in favor sheep, cattle, donkeys, or camels. Of eight or nine manger scenes on display in my parents’ home, I found birds present in three, like the dove nestled in the rafters here.
Not a nativity, you say? This image by Ohio painter Jim Glover is said to depict a Barn Owl peering down into the manger on that first Christmas night.