In previous years, I’ve shared Christmas doors from the Gingerbread House contest the Old Sturbridge Village holds as part of their Christmas by Candlelight, event. Last year, we didn’t attend Christmas by Candlelight until after Norm began his Christmas hiatus. I figured I’d save the delightful baked doors until this year. This year, we visited OSV early, and I updated the supply of gingerbread doors. I also collected a series of doors from a different miniature display.
But first, for anyone new in the audience, who’s Norm and what’s this about a hiatus? Norm Frampton is, to borrow a phrase from Dickens, the founder of the feast (of doors). But unlike the founder in “A Christmas Carol,” Norm is already benevolent and kind. Each week, he organizes a group of door lovers from around the world to gather images of doors and to share those images with us all. Norm does this throughout the year, but he is taking a break for a couple of weeks. Next week will be the last Thursday Doors until 2020, and next week is one in which we are encouraged to select and share our favorite doors from 2019.
Now, back to the mini doors. While I would expect that everyone can imagine a collection of gingerbread houses, it’s the second group of doors that I found fascinating. These were among the many components of the Nativity scene on display in the Friends Meetinghouse. The man responsible for the display has been collecting the components for over 50 years. As opposed to the manger scene you might associate with a Nativity display, these model buildings and characters are designed to show what Bethlehem might have looked like at the time Jesus was born. A few of the scenes within the display are also representative of Old Sturbridge Village.
We arrived at the meetinghouse as a man had just begun reading the account of Jesus’ birth according to St. Luke. After the reading, the interpreter told us about the display and he shared several other bits of information about the village and about how the King James version of the Bible had influenced the version of English spoken here in the States. And, in case you’re wondering, I did not take these pictures during the reading – I was raised right.
I hope you enjoy the pictures in the gallery and I hope the preparations for whatever event you celebrate (or don’t) at this time of year are going well. If you want to see some beautiful collections of doors, head up to Norm’s place.