Sunday, December 24, 2017


Santa - Always on a Ladder - Ardennes - France
Christmas in the Ardennes

We thought to share just a few of the sights of Christmas here in the Ardennes region of France.
Santa is always climbing a ladder and always headed for a window.  Just the way Santa does here.

Santa - Headed for a Window - Ardennes - France
For some reason Santa's bag of toys is usually gold.  Not sure why.......just the way it is here.

Church Nativity - Ardennes - France
Each of the Catholic churches has its own creche or nativity.  They usually have no baby Jesus until late on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Market - Place Ducale  - Charleville-Mezieres, France
Each city, town and village seems to have its Christmas market from early December until the first of the New Year.  The one in Charleville-Mezieres is not that grand and focuses on food items for the most part.  It is still a festive event that is well attended.  We noticed even the smallest of villages will have a one day Christmas market - usually on Saturday or Sunday.

Our Mail Lady - Christmas Spirit - Charleville-Mezieres, France

Our mail lady loves the holidays and will dress for each of the major ones.  We caught here this year in the in the dim light of morning dressed in here Santa outfit.  She had the bells and lights to go along with all the rest.

Marionnette Santa - Charleville-Mezieres, France
Of course one has to have a Marionette Santa in Charleville, the world center of marionnettes.  As so we found in the local book store window.

Pere Noel - Christmas Market - Charleville-Mezieres, France
In France and other parts of Europe, Pere Noel does not always dress in red.  Here is proof.

Saint Nicolas and his Donkey - Charleville-Mez
Stained Glass Nativities

We hope you enjoy the stained glass nativities we have found in the past few months here in France.   They come in all styles, which if fun to see.  Each one is unique.

No, we don't just travel around looking for stained glass nativities .  These were mostly taken while we were headed to do apartment inspections, to Stake Conference, to District Meetings, etc.   We did get a couple during P-Day activities.

Nativity - Eglise Saint-Christophe - Charleroi, Belgium
Matthew 1:18-25

"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise:  When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost."
"Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to pour her away privily."
"But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thous son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost."
"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."
"Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,"
"Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."
"Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:"
"And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS."
Nativity - Eglise Saint-Didier - Asfeld, France
Luke 2: 1-7
     "And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed."
"(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)"
"And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city,"
"And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)"
"To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child."
"And so it was, that, while they were there, the days where accomplished that she should be delivered."
"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."     
Nativity - Eglise de Noivion-Porcein - Noivion-Porcein, France
Nativity - Eglise Saint-Martin - Saint Die des Vosges, France
Nativity - Eglise Saint-Grimonie - La Capelle, France

Nativity - Cathedral Saint-Etienne - Toul, France
Luke 2:8-20
     "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night."
"And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid."
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people."
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."
"And this shall be a sign unto you, Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."
"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, good will toward men."
"And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known not us."
"And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger."
"And when they had see it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child."
"And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds."
"But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart."
"Ant the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them."

Nativity - Eglise Saint-Pierre - Bastogne, Belgium

Nativity - Eglise Notre Dame - Chauny, France
Nativity - Eglise Saint-Nicolas - Signy l'Abbaye, France

Nativity - Eglise Saint-Medard - Grandpre, France
Matthew 2: 1-2, 7-11
     "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the  king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,"
"Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him."
"Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligent what time the star appeared."
"And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also."
"When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was."
"When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy."
"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."
Nativity - Cathedral Saint-Etienne - Toul, France

Nativity - Eglise Saint-Antoine - Les Bas Buttes, France
Nativity - Cathedral Saint-Gervais et Saint-Protais - Soissons, France
Nativity - Eglise Saint-Matthieu - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
We share so many of our nativities now, because we will not be keeping a Mission Blog next Christmas.  We will be home, hopefully enjoying Christmas with family and friends.  We do miss that.

Merry Christmas!  We hope our stained glass nativities help you feel the Spirit of the Season - the Spirit of Christ our Lord and Savior.

May we all be as wise as the shepherds and come unto the Savior Jesus Christ with haste that we may return glorifying and praising God!  May we be as humble as the wise men that we may open our treasures and offer our gifts to our Saviour Jesus Christ!  May we find peace on earth through our goodwill towards others throughout the year ahead!

Coq of the Week

Our coq this week is one of the brightest we have seen.  He stood strongly out in the Winter sky as the sun shone upon him.  From a distance he appeared much like what one might imagine the star that lead the wise men to the baby Jesus was.  We believe his massive tail did the trick.  Every faithful and diligent!
Coq Girouette - Eglise Notre Dame - Auberton, France

1 comment:

  1. What a cool Christmas Eve post! A sampling of Santas and a stampede of stained-glass nativities! There must be one in every church in France, though I've never thought to search them out and focus on them. Great job. You could publish a book on nativities. Merry Christmas. Raeburn & Suzanne