I have often tried to picture what the stable and manger scene at the birth of Jesus was like. The idea of a “stable” implies some kind of wooden structure, and I’ve read that when there was no room at the inn, often the overflow would be sent out to the stable where the animals were kept. Not very appealing sleeping accommodations even if you aren’t due imminently! I’ve also read that many suspect that it was actually in a cave that was used as a stable. I guess we just don’t know. But the story has captured human hearts and imaginations since the events transpired – even today, some 2000-plus years later.
I wonder if the stable was something like the picture I’m posting today. I certainly don’t picture it being a fancy stable, such as the one depicted in the movie Secretariat, or Seabiscuit. I’m sure, cave or building, it was probably much more like this one. This picture was taken between Cotati and Petaluma in California.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager became the first airplane pilots to make a non-stop trip around the world without refueling. They flew for 216 straight hours, breaking their own previous record of 111 hours set a year and a half before. Their historic flight took place on this day in 1986.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: SCROOGE was formed in 1979 in Charlottesville, Virginia. It stands for Society to Curtain Ridiculous, Outrageous and Ostentatious Gift Exchanges. And you thought it was a character in a Dicken’s novel!