The traditional grouping of Wise Men and Farm Folk is symbolic of the universal nature of Chritianity and emphasising the democratic reaching out to all people without prejudices. On Christmas Eve crowds gather around the Church and on it's roof as a procession lead by a horseman carrying a Cross arrives to place an effigy of the Christ child into a crib in the Church. They represent the first miracle which was water to wine. The Inn has closed doors. This typically Sydney experiment has proved to be a great success already, and the summer warmth is bringing people to the piazza to enjoy the air and summer flowers, and of course this extraordinary Nativity for all the people.
The background paintings represent the birth with the symbol of a new dawn. The hill behind the Inn represents the sermon on the Mount. The shepherds carry the richness of the Earth's harvest, and the first to arrive carries a dove, the symbol for peace. The wise men are traditionally Kings who symbolise how wealth and wisdom with gifts of riches come to kneel before a greater King. To the left are symbols of the birth of Jesus and his life on Earth to come. The traditional grouping of Wise Men and Farm Folk is symbolic of the universal nature of Chritianity and emphasising the democratic reaching out to all people without prejudices. Baby Jesus in a humble crib is at the very centre, as He is at the centre of life today. The Nativity Scene has 17 life size figures in it. It seems it is only the visitors who are confused, and the weather is so enjoyable that they soon forget other climates. All commercial uses and unauthorised uses are strictly prohibited without the written permission of the copyright holder. This painting is based on the real Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and that Church has a very small door so that it is not possible to enter that hallowed place without ones head bowed. The hill could be representative then of Calvary, but that is for the future. A perusal of the photo albums reveal a photograph of two delightful Korean children under an umbrella, and a German family enjoying the summer's day in Cathedral Square. Australians, long used to a continent of contrasts don't seem to notice this oddity, however, they would find it even stranger not to be able to take the children to the beach at Christmas. As the sun rises over Bethlehem in the centre, there are two scenes on either side. On Christmas Eve crowds gather around the Church and on it's roof as a procession lead by a horseman carrying a Cross arrives to place an effigy of the Christ child into a crib in the Church. The painting on the right represents the birth of the Christianity. Inside the Church there are stairs leading to a grotto where a silver star marks the spot. On Christmas Eve the bells start ringing for the mass and around midnight in the quiet streets whole families attend their local Churches for Mass. The Inn has closed doors. Incidentally, The Inn is also based on a real building, the remains of an actual Roman period Inn, complete with wall for the olive trees. At the back of the Manger are 3 water containers. It is 28 metres tall. Many from the Northern Hemisphere find it 'strange' to experience a summer Christmas. They represent the first miracle which was water to wine. This typically Sydney experiment has proved to be a great success already, and the summer warmth is bringing people to the piazza to enjoy the air and summer flowers, and of course this extraordinary Nativity for all the people. The oldest part was built shortly after the Crucifiction on the place said to be the place of the birth of Christ by the early Church.
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