Marietta artist’s 300-piece nativity scene celebrates the Day of Kings
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Pilar Clinkscales of Marietta looks over her storytelling display depicting El Dia de los Reyes (The Day of Kings), part of her Spanish tradition of celebrating the birth of Jesus. According to the tradition, the Day of Kings celebrates the arrival of the three kings, or magi, to the manger of baby Jesus.  <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Pilar Clinkscales of Marietta looks over her storytelling display depicting El Dia de los Reyes (The Day of Kings), part of her Spanish tradition of celebrating the birth of Jesus. According to the tradition, the Day of Kings celebrates the arrival of the three kings, or magi, to the manger of baby Jesus.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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According to tradition of the Day of Kings, three kings or magi — Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar  — traveled following the stars to the manger of the baby Jesus, bringing gifts.  <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
According to tradition of the Day of Kings, three kings or magi — Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar — traveled following the stars to the manger of the baby Jesus, bringing gifts.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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Clinkscales’  display includes an angel appearing before the shepherds of the field to announce the birth of Jesus.  <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Clinkscales’ display includes an angel appearing before the shepherds of the field to announce the birth of Jesus.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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MARIETTA — A Marietta artist originally from Madrid has been displaying a miniature nativity scene each holiday season for more than 20 years to honor the Spanish celebration of The Day of Kings.

James Clinkscales, 75, said his wife, Pilar, 79, has collected more than 300 pieces of “the whole Christmas story,” including the wise men, camels, shepherds and sheep.

“Every year it gets better, though,” James Clinkscales said.

Jan. 6 is El Día de los Reyes, or the Day of the Kings, in Spanish. According to custom, this is the day when a group of kings, or magi from Arabia, the Orient and Africa brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus after following a star in the heavens. In other Christian traditions, Jan. 6 is also known as Epiphany.

Pilar Clinkscales’ figurines and small buildings are presented on a sandy surface, sometimes incorporating caves or mountains, James Clinkscales said.

The display is in the foyer of the Clinkscales’ home on Cottonwood Drive, off Bells Ferry Road north of Piedmont Road, where the couple has lived for 44 years.

Pilar Clinkscales is an artist who creates mostly acrylic paintings of landscapes and animals, her husband said.

James Clinkscales was the headmaster of The Walker School in the early 1960s. The couple has been married for 53 years after meeting while James Clinkscales was an exchange student in Spain, he said.

The couple has four children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
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