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Live nativity procession. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. c. 2000. By Paul Goldfinger. Copyright

Live nativity procession. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. c. 2000. By Paul Goldfinger. Copyright

 

By Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor @Blogfinger.net

 

When we first moved here in 1998, we became acquainted with the live nativity event.  I recall standing out in the cold waiting for the children and animals to appear.  There was a procession, and  this star bearer came by. She seemed like she had appeared out of the mists of the past.  For a moment I felt I had experienced time travel.

Preserving the past is usually expressed in this town by the architecture. But other things occur which add life to the history, as you see in the photograph.

It’s important to continue those traditions whenever possible.  The live nativity is now indoors, but it seemed more authentic when we were breathing vapor out our nostrils while waiting in the cold for the two-humped camel, the wise men, the sheep and some shepherds to arrive.

 

SOUNDTRACK:  As a teenage musician I often took part in Christmas celebrations and concerts. We went caroling in the cold, and people tossed dollar bills out the windows of the garden apartments where we lived.

In school, Christmas music was a big deal, and I always have associated this holiday with beautiful music,  both classical and popular.

But this photograph seems to require something especially heart-felt and different from the usual carols, so here, although it is not actually a Christmas selection, it does seem to go with the photo.  It’s Puccini.—Paul Goldfinger

 

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