Monday, November 12, 2012

#makesmesmilemonday Our Nativity Scene

One of our special family holiday traditions is setting up and displaying a little manger scene under our Christmas tree. When I was a little girl, I logged in hours playing with our nativity scene, and now our family's own little manger sees a lot of activity in the days leading up to Christmas.

When I lived in Italy, I loved the intricate nativity scenes, and especially the Festa della Befana in Rome's Piazza Navona, where you could find all the nativity figurines you could ever desire. I also had the chance to visit Bethlehem in person: I treasure my visits to the Church of the Nativity and the Milk Grotto, where Mary nursed Jesus (and some say that Jesus may have actually been born in this or a similar grotto). 
Festa della Befana in Roma's Piazza Navona

Manger scenes in Italy typically include the entire village of Bethlehem

I love Fontanini figurines, which were initially recommended by my pal, Valency. Made of polymer, the kids can play with them and I don't have to worry about them breaking. Every year, I've made a point of adding two new figurines to our nativity scene. Chiara helped me choose our new figurines this year, and I placed the order this morning for....

Mary's donkey....

and a family of cows. 

I also love that the Fontanini Baby Jesus is separate from his crib. He doesn't arrive on our Christmas nativity scene until Christmas morning (this is actually a common Italian Christmas tradition). 

I order our Fontanini sets from because of their excellent customer service. Give them a phone call and a live person will answer and happily answer any questions you might have and take your order. 

Does your family have any Christmas traditions centered around the nativity scene?

Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. I am happy to share my excellent experience with the customer service and fine Fontanini products from Fontanini Gifts. 

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