The Christmas Tree and Creche at the Metropolitan Museum in New York

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The tree and creche go up every year around the holidays at the Met in New York. One never tires of it. If we ever built our own house in the city I would try to have an atrium or area with 15 foot ceilings at least, as I would like to have a 14-15 foot live pine tree and the most spectacular ornaments every holiday season.


This part of the museum doesn’t get the droves of traffic that the more popular exhibits get during the holiday periods, but if you are ever in New York, this is a place to spend a few minutes thinking about the real spirit of the season. Beautiful, peaceful and hopeful.


14 Responses

  1. I really think that the ” Belen” should always be the highlight of every Christmas decoration after all it is HIS birthday we are celebrating! This is Beautiful! If all those angels are made of paper Mâché then I bet they are made in the Philippines! He!he!

  2. This is just one of the many objects on display at the Met whose beauty only fully shows itself in your personal presence.

  3. Thanks for the memory, MM. Took my children here in the late 70s (they are now 47 and 43) Blessed..blessed..happy..happy..peaceful..hopeful.. wishes to everyone.

  4. The ornaments on the tree were collected and donated by one New York family. Members of that family still attend the celebration of the first night the tree is on display with a party and caroling.The ornaments were made in Florence and each one has a special story. I’ve been to that evening and it is a very wonderful opening a New York Christmas season.

  5. Merry Christmas to everyone. For the first time in ten years, I can catch your yuletide posts and be home for the holidays with the Market Manila family in real time (instead of the usual retroactive salivating through the archives).

  6. Merry Christmas MM,Mrs. MM, the Lady, the crew and the marketmanila family!!!

    Footloose: are you here in the Philippines?

  7. Merry Christmas in real time. It’s been years for us too. It’s good to be home for Christmas. Ironic that NY and NJ have warm temperatures for the holidays. Love to our Market Manila family.

  8. A belated Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year, MM and everyone!! :D

    BTW, a very small tech issue, I don’t know if it is issue on my ISP(Globe) or a setting on your host’s server. I can’t access “” directly, I’m having a connection timeout page, even though the website is online according to “”.
    I needed to jump through “” just to access/comment on this page.
    Again no biggie, just wanted to let you know. The internet is quirky sometimes, :)
    Like right now I have an Atlanta,GA based IP address, while being in the Central Luzon hinterlands. :D



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