In church this past Sunday, in honor of the beginning of Advent, the congregation prepared a manger for the coming of Jesus. The ceremony comes from the Scottish island of Iona, where Christianity first made its way into Scotland. The ceremony consisted of each member placing a strip of cloth, representing clothes, in the wooden manger. The act was symbolic of opening our hearts and minds to the coming of Jesus Christ by preparing his cradle.
Photo courtesy of Kenna Hixenbaugh