“WHAT COLOR WAS BABY JESUS' HAIR? REPRESENTING THE CHRIST CHILD MULTICULTURALLY”
by Alexis Chin
From: Building Faith — A MINISTRY OF VIRGINIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Activity: The Holy Family in Art (click here for full lesson/resource)
Across cultures, Jesus and his family have inspired countless works of art. Christians around the world have represented the Holy Family. When we use art in our teaching we ignite visual learners and inspire children's own art-making. Using books or online tools, select images of Jesus from different cultures and time periods to compare and contrast.
Another resource on this topic is the lovely 2017 children's book, "That Baby in the Manger" by Anne E. Neuberger
"A contemporary and unique children's Christmas book about Jesus' love for all children. That Baby in the Manger is about a Catholic congregation of multi-racial children who notice that the baby Jesus in the creche at church is white. As the story unfolds, they bring their own dolls (of different races) and stuffed animals to the manger scene. Childlike, fun and sweet, this is a contemporary children's Christmas book with themes of inclusion and acceptance of cultural differences."