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  1. Merry Christmas!

    My journey in search of The Nativity takes me to Utica, New York, where the Rev. John E. Mikalajunas, Pastor of the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, shares his thoughts on the true meaning of Christmas…

     
    Lithuanian Christmas — straw, in honor of the Baby Jesus, is spread on the table under the white cloth, a fir tree is decorated, and the family shares a moment of thanks. (Painting courtesy Rev. John E. Mikalajunas, Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Utica, New York.) ...
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  2. Icositetrahedron ornament — A Premium Download from Crèchemania.com

    A Renaissance masterpiece inspires a paper Christmas tree ornament in the shape of an Icositetrahedron Ornament
(composed of 24 identical faces) for you can downoload, print, and assemble…

     
    What do you get when you combine 24 trapezia and a Vivarini Nativity? The Icositetrahedron Christmas Ornament, of course!There wasn't much more in our geometry class in Greece in terms of teaching aids than a few solids made of polished wood: a cube, a pyramid, a sphere.
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  3. Vojtěch Kubašta Stained Glass Christmas Card

    Kubašta's daughter, Dagmar Kubastovà Vrkljan, shares a beautiful gift from her father's legacy…

     
    Gold halos crown the Three Kings in this Crèchemania edition of Vojtěch Kubašta's Stained Glass pop-up card. But the Magi are not offering gold, frankinincense, and myrrh, but an orb, an anchor, and a Flaming Heart. Christian symbols all, representing so much more than artistic license.

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  4. Our Lady Star of The Sea Nativity, Lake Hopatcong, NJ

    Traveling East, in search of The Nativity…

     
    The miniature Nativity of Our Lady Star of The Sea, Lake Hopatcong, NJ. 
    Our Lady Star of The Sea, Lake Hopatcong, NJ., is nestled amidst beautiful Fall foliage. A stutue of Julien Dubuque—a Quebecois pioneer that first settled in the homonymous city on the Mississippi in 1785—graces the entrance of the charming Hotel Julien, my home-away-from-home on my way East.

    I'm heading to New England, ...
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  5. A Christmas Tetraptych

    A beveled glass setting for an exquisite stained glass Nativity.

     
    Four beveled-edge glass plates frame the Adoration of the Magi, a miniature of the Epiphany stained glass window, Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City, Iowa. 
    This close-up detail shows how beautifully the beveled glass sets off the stained glass.Judging from your email, The Christmas Lantern—has been well received, and it seems that Celso Rosa in Brazil is not alone looking for 3M transparency ...
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