The Nativity Story
Square Table Topper
She brought forth her firstborn Son and laid Him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7
Christians in Rome began to celebrate the birth of Christ in the middle Ages around the early part of the fourth century. It spread so rapidly that most of the Christian worlds observe the Holiday within one century. Christmas meaning “Christ mass,” evolved out of the pagan festival, a midwinter feast and celebration of the sun, which was called the feast of Mithras (“the sun of righteousness”) by its cult worshipers. There’s no record of the exact date of the birth of Christ. The Roman Empire observed many winter festivals which celebrated the return of the sun. When Christianity became the religion of the Rome Empire, the church had to make the decision to destroy or change the winter festivals. The Empire felt that December 25 was the perfect time to celebrate the birth of Christ. This winter solstice went from worshiping a false god, “the sun”, to worshiping the Son of the living God, the Light of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ.
This Nativity Story has Bethlehem incorporated on all four sides and the Star of Bethlehem as the center focus. On one side Joseph is taking Mary to Bethlehem. The second side the Shepherds are pointing in amazement to the Star of Bethlehem. On the third side is the Manger Scene with the Shepherds in Bethlehem. Finally the last scene has the Three Wise Men traveling to Bethlehem to see the Christ Child. The Bible verse Luke 2:14 is enclosed around the piece.
The original design was stitched on Zweigart 36ct Edinburg Cream using two strands of DMC mouline over two threads. The finished design is approximately 22"w x 22"h. Design count is 390w by 390h. If you decide to stitch it as a table topper, be sure to add at lease 5" per side for the finished edge, instructions included with the pattern.
This design would look great stitched over one hanging on the wall in the shape of a diamond.
Please send me a photo, I would love to see it!
This piece received a Red Ribbon at the 46th Annual National Needlework Exhibition at the Woodlawn Plantation in Alexandria, Virginia in 2009.
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