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IMAGES OF CHRISTMAS

December 15, 2014

There is that which is inextricable about donkeys and Christmas.

Every year,  when I see the hundreds and hundreds of visitors who come to each of the Sanctuary’s special December Open Days,  I contemplate the images that have cemented this wonderful association.  The first one that comes to mind is that of a pregnant woman sitting on a donkey being led by a man.  They are walking alone in the crisp desert night underneath a canopy of stars towards a village which, we are told,  they must reach before morning  in order to be counted in a census. The journey is a long one and the only sounds are those of hooves and feet crunching in the sand as the little group moves along. It is a simple scene, one made memorable by the solitary dignity of the beings involved.

The lead up to the second image is equally modest.  The woman, the man and the donkey have arrived at the end of their journey only to find that the village is packed with other travellers.  The only shelter available requires that they bed down in a stable and this they must do since the birthing process is about to begin. When the baby is born, he is placed on a mattress of straw in a wooden manger that stands nearby.  It is this image of the crèche, always with the donkey, a cow and a sheep at its side, that resonates with people throughout the world.

Simplicity, humility and dignity: these are the essence of the Christmas message, one whose most vivid representations  place human beings securely in the peacefulness of  the natural world.

Sandra Pady, Founder

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2014 5:15 pm

    Many years ago, I was asked whether our donkey could participate in the local nativity play. When I explained that his best friend was a pony, and suggested that the story might be revised to ‘Mary rode a donkey and Joseph rode a pony’, the preacher found another donkey for the part.

  2. Jennifer Wingate permalink
    December 16, 2014 9:38 am

    Sandra that is one of the most simple and touching recounting of the Christmas story I have ever read, thankyou. Warmest wishes for Christmas and the New Year to you and all at the Donkey Sanctuary. Support for Odin on its way Jennifer Wingate

  3. December 16, 2014 9:49 am

    Lovely, Sandra!

  4. Seka permalink
    January 16, 2015 7:31 pm

    Beautifully written in honour of such beautiful, meaningful, gentle animals.

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