Boy under the table searching for gifts.

The straw under the table marks this home as Bethlehem, the place where the Christ child, where divine presence is born. In a playful ritual the child in the family scurries about under the table searching for the gifts, which have been hidden in the straw. The gifts, on this occasion, include a treat for the family dog.

Photograph : David J. Goa, 1995
Folklife Collections, Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

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