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Robert Frost

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Christmas Animals...

Animals are a large part of the Christmas story. Here are a few images of some of my favorites. I also found a wonderful message with more information about animals and our spiritual relationship with them. Please click on the link below if you would like to read the entire message from Pastor Pease.

The following is an excerpt from CHRISTMAS ANIMALS based on Luke 2:1-20
By Pastor Glenn Pease


The famous nativity scenes through the ages include the ox, donkey, sheep, camels, 
and often the dove. One of our most famous Christmas hymns, Away In A Manger, says, 
"The cattle are lowing the poor baby wakes but little Lord Jesus no crying He makes."

The emphasis on animals in the birth scene is not part of our contemporary life-style because the majority of people no longer live with animals. Back in the 12th century when everybody had a daily contact with their farm animals, they sang songs that stressed the role of the friendly beast in Christmas. They sang,

Jesus our brother kind and good
Was humbly born in a stable rude
And the friendly beasts around Him stood.

This song, sung over 800 years ago by Christians, reveals just how carefully they had thought
through the role of animals in the Christmas story. They had each animal tell of what they
contributed-

Thus every beast by some good spell
In the stable dark was glad to tell
Of the gift He gave Immanuel.
I said the donkey shaggy and brown
Carried his mother uphill and down
I carried her safely to Bethlehem town.
I said the cow all white and red
Gave her my manger for His bed.
I gave Him my hay to pillow His head.
I said the sheep with curly horn
Gave Him my wool for His blanket warm.
He wore my coat on Christmas morn.
I said the dove, from the rafters high,
I cooed Him to sleep that He should not cry.
We cooed Him to sleep, my mate and I.
I said the camel yellow and black
Over the desert upon my back.
I brought Him a gift in the wise man's pack.








"Beneath The Snow Encumbered Branches" 1903 Joseph Farquharson
The painting above is my most favorite winter art work. I have this print hanging in my dining room. Read more about the original painting  here.
















































Thank you for stopping to visit. ~ Diane

10 comments:

  1. Lovely poem and lovely pictures Diane. Its the light in the painting you like so much that makes it so atmospheric and beautiful. It is stunning - Sharon

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  2. You are right Sharon the light and the subject matter. I added the artist's name and the title of the picture. I found that Joseph Farquharson was from Scotland, which pleased me greatly since that is where my family descends from. Maybe I am just naturally drawn to pictures of sheep! ~ Diane

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  3. Such cuteness and inspiration! I absolutely loved this. Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful post.

    Happy continuing seeing beautiful!

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  4. Nice story and pictures! Very neat song about the animals. I love historical tidbits like this. Merry Christmas! Pop by my blog if you have a chance - I am having a giveaway.

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  5. What beautiful pictures, I agree with you. My favorite is the one from your dining room.

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful post!

    hugs,
    Dana

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  6. So very beautiful Diane... animals and Nature are such a huge part of my life too... xoxo Julie Marie

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  7. Wow!! What a spectacular post...super beautiful imagery and so magical too! I adore those sheep and love the print you have! gorgeous!Thanks for adding magic to my day and filling it with such beautiful treasures!
    Victoria

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  8. Lovely. I love donkeys... Awww! :)

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Thank you for leaving a comment! I do read them all and will try to respond if I'm able. Please know that all comments are appreciated, I love to hear your thoughts on my posts! ~ Diane