The one thing I collect — besides dust — is nativity scenes. It helps me keep the true meaning of Christmas in the front of my mind, even when all the sale flyers and shopping lists are fighting for space in my head. So when I saw the announcement that Saint Meinrad, a monastery in south central Indiana, is hosting a nativity (or creche) display, my interest was immediately piqued.
The Christmas creches on display come from the Saint Meinrad Archabbey collection, as well as from the Catherine A. Smith Nativity Collection, donated to the monastery in honor of her brother, Charles Patrick “Pat” Smith, a priest who studied at Saint Meinrad. Visitors will enjoy pieces of a variety of styles and media, including porcelain, wood, glazed tile, glass, cloth, stone metals and ceramic. The display also includes art depicting the Nativity created by local schoolchildren.
The exhibit, which is located in the Saint Meinrad Archabbey library, is free and open to the public from December 4 through January 12. Exhibit hours for December are: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. January exhibit hours are: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m., and 7-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
The library will be closed the morning of December 8 and all day December 24-27 and December 31-January 3. All times are Central time.
While you are at Saint Meinrad, be sure to check out the Saint Meinrad Gift Shop, brick and mortar home of Abbey Press gifts. For more information about the gift shop, click here.