If there is something I love about Christmas it is nativity scenes. They are much more elaborate and interesting than Christmas trees and make you think of the meaning of Christmas, which is not just presents, food and parties.
If there is something we should remember it is why we celebrate Christmas at all. These days commercialism seems to have taken over and has made us forget that Christmas is a religious celebration and it is all about peace and love.
In Italy every town, every church and the majority of homes will make a nativity scene even if just a small one. Some are extremely elaborate with moving people and animals, mountains, running water with mills, fancy lights and sounds. In Naples they are just incredible: it is a culture on its own which recalls the birth of Jesus. In Italy it is known as “presepe”.
Also you’ll get real life nativity scenes and those can be very suggestive.
Every year in Lignano Sabbiadoro, a busy seaside resort in the north east of Italy, on the beach they make a nativity out of sand. The final result is stunning as they are real works of art.
These photos have been kindly sent to me by my dad who is passionate about art.
Real drawings have been used to make the scene.
A pregnant Mary with Joseph traveling on a donkey.
Angels and shepherds with their flock
The focus of it all: Jesus is born
I wish all my readers a peaceful and wonderful Christmas. Buon Natale a tutti!