I made a nativity scene with items I found in my yard this morning.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are quartz of various shapes and sizes that my daughters had already collected. I have an abundance of mosses, so I used some as a bed for the baby, and another bit for the roof over the family's head. I used a piece of our firewood for the backdrop/building.
It's just a simple representation that I put together as an act of worship to God. As I worked on this, I contemplated the mystery and wonder of the Incarnation and how it changes everything.
Not only our souls, but all matter has been redeemed, and even the rocks and plants take on a new glory, now that God has condescended be a human and make and keep for Himself a physical body, so He could be with us, Immanuel.
Then I found a quote that I feel fits this particular nativity scene really well.
“For, indeed, everything about is glorious, and wherever a man turns his gaze he sees the Godhead of the Word and is smitten with awe.”
-Athanasius of Alexandria, On the Incarnation