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Across Hampton Roads, Nativity scenes dot the holiday landscape; some illuminated on front lawns, some elaborate "living nativities" with full casts and costumes, and some modest arrangements of statuettes in the corner of homes and businesses. The tradition of three-dimensional nativity scenes dates back to to 1223, when St. Francis of Assisi organized a Christmas Eve recreation of the story of the birth of Jesus to bring alive the Christmas story in the Italian town of Greccio. Nativity scenes, from the proclamation of angels to the adoration of shepherds, are a visual reminder of the story at the heart of the Christmas holiday. (All photos by Amanda Lucier and Bill Tiernan)


A nativity scene decorates a side porch of a home along Granby Street in Norfolk. (Bill Tiernan | The Virginian-Pilot)

Naomi Spence, 12, joined other members of Deep Creek Baptist Church in Chesapeake to enact a Living Nativity on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. Spence played the part of a woman selling a cow in the marketplace in Bethlehem just prior to Jesusí birth. (Amanda Lucier | The Virginian-Pilot)

Members of Deep Creek Baptist Church in Chesapeake enacted a Living Nativity, including a scene from the marketplace in Bethlehem just prior to Jesusí birth, on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. (Amanda Lucier | The Virginian-Pilot)

Dana and Nick Smith played the parts of Mary and Joseph in Deep Creek Baptist Church's Living Nativity in Chesapeake on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. (Amanda Lucier | The Virginian-Pilot)

Members of Deep Creek Baptist Church in Chesapeake enacted a Living Nativity, including Roman soldiers on horseback, on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. (Amanda Lucier | The Virginian-Pilot)

Jasmine Clegg, 16, joined other members of Deep Creek Baptist Church in Chesapeake to enact a Living Nativity on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. Clegg was part of a scene depicting the marketplace in Bethlehem just prior to Jesusí birth. (Amanda Lucier | The Virginian-Pilot)

A nativity scene of wooden cutouts decorates the yard of Jack and Susan Warner along Thole Street in Norfolk.(Bill Tiernan | The Virginian-Pilot)

An elaborate nativity scene on the lawn of Scott Memorial United Methodist Church on First Colonial Rd. in Virginia Beach. (Bill Tiernan | The Virginian-Pilot)

Live nativity scene at Talbot Park Baptist Church in Norfolk. Church members performed the live nativity including animals on the evenings of December 15th and 16th in front of the church along Granby Street. (Bill Tiernan | The Virginian-Pilot)

Live nativity scene at Talbot Park Baptist Church in Norfolk. Church members performed the live nativity including animals on the evenings of December 15th and 16th in front of the church along Granby Street. (Bill Tiernan | The Virginian-Pilot)

Jennifer Heisler, 16, playing a shepherd, was among church members to perform a live nativity scene at Talbot Park Baptist Church in Norfolk. Church members performed the live nativity including animals on the evenings of December 15th and 16th in front of the church along Granby Street. (Bill Tiernan | The Virginian-Pilot)

A small nativity scene on a shelf behind the bar at Cutty Sark Restaurant in Norfolk. (Bill Tiernan | The Virginian-Pilot)

The Eyewitness Photo Feature, in the Monday, December 24, 2012 News section of The Virginian-Pilot.

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Manger Scenes

I absolutely love to see the Nativity Scenes in our wonderful Tidewater area. It is just so moving and a wonderful piece of one's Culture, not to mention our Religious right.

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