What If… A Northern Nativity

The late Canadian artist William Kurelek embraced a nativity that’s beyond time and culture. In his children book A Northern Nativity, he envisioned through a little Prairie boy’s dreams the various scenarios: what if Christ was born in the land of deep snow in an Inuit community, or what if Mary and Joseph, homeless on our streets, had to take shelter in a soup kitchen, what if… Would we have noticed? Would we even care?

This is a moving video clip on the paintings in Kurelek’s children book A Northern Nativity, accompanied by Chris de Burgh’s touching piano music “When Winter Comes”.

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And to All, A Merry Christmas!


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Arti

If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

12 thoughts on “What If… A Northern Nativity”

  1. This is breathtaking in so many ways. I love, first of all, the way it makes an “old” story fresh by letting me look at it through new eyes. I also love the peacefulness, and the artwork, and the accompanying music. So lovely, and thanks for sharing, Arti.

    I hope to show it to my family later tonight when they come for dinner and presents.

    May all God’s blessings rest on you this Christmas and New Year 2012. XO

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    And the same to you Bellezza! Thank you for visiting in the past year… BTW, I’ve started reading Kawabata’s book and will meet my JRC before the deadline.;) May you enjoy a meaningful family time this Christmas Eve and all the rest of the Christmas Season. Merry Christmas, my friend!

    Arti

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  2. How lovely this is! Merry Christmas, Arti, to you and your family. Hope you have a wonderful festive season.

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    The same to you, Litlove! Enjoy your time with your family and may you find peace and joy in this Holiday Season. Merry Christmas!

    Arti

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  3. Thank you thank you for your Christmas wishes and warm Christmas greetings to you and your loved ones, Arti.

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    nikkipolani,

    Trust you’ve had a wonderful and delicious Christmas. All the best for the coming Year!

    Arti

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  4. I cannot think of any more beautiful a holiday “gift” you could share than this. It is stunning. I am going to share the link with others. Thank you.

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    jeanie,

    Kurelek’s A Northern Nativity was recommended to me by an artist friend of mine. I was very glad to find the YouTube clip. After watching it, I bought the music from iTune right away. 😉

    Arti

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  5. Just beautiful, Arti. Hope your Christmas was beyond wonderful. Thank you so much for this: so simple, so peaceful…timeless…

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    ds,

    Thanks and I’m glad you’ve appreciated the video. I was moved by Kurelek’s depiction of the Northern life and people, and his vision of the Nativity. Best wishes for a meaningful Holiday Season!

    Arti

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  6. Lovely, Arti. We are having warm days too. I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and will have a terrific new year full of books and films deeply felt. I look forward to it with you.

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    Thanks Ruth and have a wonderful New Year!

    A.

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  7. What if – sometimes I think about this too – what if Jesus was back here talking to the ”Tea Party” that wishes healthcare was stopped for poor people – would they listen?

    I hope your Christmas was fun and that your New Year will be joyful.
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    Vagabonde,

    Even more interesting scenario. If everyone lives as if Jesus were present among them that would already by a better world.
    Have a bright New Year! All the best in 2012!

    Arti

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  8. Such a lovely video, Arti. Since I’m stretching things a bit and celebrating the full twelve days of Christmas this year, it’s a perfect addition, which I’ll share with others.

    Isn’t it marvelous what we can find, and share? I wonder how things would have gone if the shepherds were on facebook and the Magi loved to tweet? 😉

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    Linda,

    The whole world would have seen the Nativity then. You know, this kind of scenarios not only can raise social consciousness, but can also stimulate some creative works I suppose, a short story? or even a screenplay?

    Good to hear from you again. Hope you had a peaceful Christmas. And now may I wish you a Happy New Year and All the Best in 2012!

    Arti

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