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Point of Discovery/Informant Bio
Michelle Fitzgerald is my mother. She was born and raised in Kaysville, Utah, as a member of the LDS church. She attended and graduated BYU, where she met my dad. She is a stay-at-home mom, and enjoys crafts of all kinds.
Michelle's maternal aunt is married to a Muslim Kuwaiti man, Ibrahim. Uncle Ibrahim goes to the Middle East and Europe fairly frequently, because he has business interests there. In the 1980s this included a trip to Jerusalem.
" In the 1980s my mother decided she really wanted an olive wood nativity. So she convinced her Muslim brother-in-law to go to the Jewish holy land, Jerusalem and get her a Christian nativity"
Ibrahim and his wife live in Minnesota, while the nativity's recipient lives in Utah, so it had two significant trips to survive. It is displayed on the mantle every Christmas.
Semester and year
Fitzgerald, Brittany, "The Christian-Muslim-Jewish Nativity" (2018). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 599.