I can still see the shiny streets of Saginaw, Michigan. My sister driving the car. The stillness of the world. A gentle rain and the sound of the methodical wipers as the only noise. Silence in the car.
Nativity scenes have been a Christmas tradition for as long as I can remember. They come in all shapes and sizes.
Today, nativities are hotly contested. Cities and townships battle all kinds of religious groups that want to make a point. What point? I’m not sure. In Tallahassee, Florida this year, they created a “free speech zone” so various groups could put up different holiday expressions. A Christian group put up a traditional nativity. A group of Seinfeld worshipers put up a Festivus pole.