Some of the BEST thoughts on Christmas and nativity scenes. Makes one think!
I wanted to buy a nativity scene or a little creche in Italy.
Before we left, I declared my intent to my husband: “What better souvenir? We’ll be in Italy. Italy. At Christmas! Why not bring home a new nativity that we’ll use for the next several decades? It’d be perfect.”
As it turns out, I did not, in fact, buy one. This is mostly because a) home nativity scenes and creches in Italy are profoundly expensive and b) because home nativity scenes and creches in Italy are deeply involved. I saw tiny, delicate nativities with mechanical moving parts: actual running water, donkeys drinking, sheep walking, Mary swaddling Jesus over and over again with tiny carved hands. They were all beautiful, they all cost an insane amount, and they were all far too delicate to cram into my suitcase for the trip home.
And yet: those nativity scenes changed…
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