Yesterday we visited a church nearby where there were 400 nativity scenes on display. It was delightful. I've always loved the nativity scene. We had a table top set when I was growing up. There was a structure that represented the stable with a hole in the back wall where a Christmas tree light could be inserted to light up the scene. I can recall changing out the bulb to make it different colors, and playing with the figures for hours on end...as if it were a dollhouse.
In yesterday's post, I mentioned the nativity my grandmother made for me. You can see it right here. Until I saw the display at the church, I'd completely forgotten about the scene I purchased while traveling in Italy ten years ago. This one came from Assisi, and I fell in love with it the instant I saw it.
It's usually kept put away in my china cabinet, but this morning I got it out and put it where it can be seen, at least until Christmas is over.
When I saw this sign, I decided I needed to try to find the NPR story about the collection.
It was reported in 2012. You can listen to it right here. I met the woman who is speaking in the story yesterday and chatted with her a little bit. There were 400 sets on display, but her collection is more than three times that size. Also, she talks a little about some of the scenes I'm about to post here.
The display was beyond enchanting to this nativity lover. I tried not to take pictures of everything I saw, but I wasn't very successful. I'll just let you look without saying much. Enjoy:
The most primitive and humble among them were the most appealing to me.
This next one may be the one mentioned in the NPR story, made from banana fronds, but I don't know that for sure.
This next one is origami.
Did you ever have occasion to make a Christmas tree from a telephone book? I tried to do it once. Just look what I could have made if only I'd put my mind to it. Yeah...I could have done it. Sure.
It's tempting to think this could be the banana frond set, but actually, I think these are corn husks.
I believe these are gourds.
The one is carved from a single piece of wood.
Gotta be Jim Shore, right?
This next one is nothing but nails!
Rubber duckies! I had to show this one to my friend whose granddaughter ended up with the Rubber Ducky baby quilt.
A few were so tiny.
It's the Real Thing!
This next one is mentioned in the NPR story. It's hard to see in this crappy cell phone image, but Mary and Joseph had some sequins on them. You can see a little just below the round of the baby Jesus's body.
And you gotta love the Holy Frijoles.
This one is a life-size egg.
After that, we had dinner with our friend, Chuck. In case you were wondering about cats today, you can rest easy knowing that Chuck's cat, Felix, and I had an excellent conversation after dinner. He's kind of a hard capture on a cell phone, but he's a handsome boy. He's a Bengal, and his coat is gorgeous.
As for peace on earth here on the home front, there's this: