The real meaning of Christmas is being brought into the public eye in an increasing number of cities and towns thiS year by the erection of cribs in place of or in addition to the Christmas tree.
The picture above shows the crib outside Campion House, the house of studies for late vocations at OsterIcy, Middlesex. The Mayor and Mayoress and the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Heston and Isleworth joined a crowd of about 300 at the opening ceremony.
,City's own crib
Nottingham has this year for the first time an official Christmas crib. It has been placed in the old market square in the centre of the city by the city council as part of its Christmas scheme of decoration. In previous years there has only been a Christmas tree.
Children from 30 schools are being brought into the square to sing carols and toys are being collected for distribution in children's homes and hospitals.
The First Christmas
A few yards from Bristol's giant Christmas tree, set up for the past few years in the heart of the city, there has this year been added a crib with the simple inscription: "The First Christmas."
Designed and built in the studio of Mr. Clifford Ashley by the Knights of St. Columba, the crib was blessed on Saturday by Mgr. Canon Long, V.G.
City engineers have run a cable for lighting from a near-by lamp-post, and the site is overlooked by Christmas posters on the pillars of the Church of St, Mary-on-the-Quay.
A crib from the Church of St. James the Great, Pelts Wood, Kent, is being erected in a shop window just outside Pelts Wood station and opposite a cinema. Carols will be sung there on Monday and Tuesday from 5.45 to 6.30 p.m. as the London workers' trains are arriving. The parish priest is having special Christmas cards printed for non-Catholics with the words : "The parishioners of the Catholic Church of St. James the Great, Lakeswood Road, with you a happy and holy Christmas."