I remember Jim Bishop, in his book The Day Christ Died, wrote that as our Savior died for us on that cross, most people carried on with their everyday lives.
It's an image that haunts me to this very day.
Ironically, though, I never applied the same thinking to the day He was born.
Until I came across this 20ft x 10ft nativity scene at a church I visited last week...
I don't know how well the whole scene will show up (it was pretty dark in the church), but that is the Holy Family in the center near the columns.
What stopped me dead in my tracks though - and echoed images of Bishop's Good Friday - was the scene in the lower right...
That is a family eating pasta and enjoying themselves - a mere 50 steps from Jesus!
A realistic depiction of that day?
I don't know.
But it's probably safe to assume most people went on with their daily lives, oblivious to the Lord in their presence.
Kind of like 2011 ...