It has become a tradition for us to assemble our nativity scene after Mass on the First Sunday of Advent. Today this was an even greater treat since we attended the first latin mass celebrated at St. Peter's Church in Merchantville in 40 years! It was beautifully done and a great way to start off a new year in the Church.
Here is a long view of the entire scene. It takes up an entire wall of our dining room. In the far corner is the stable and actual scene of the nativity, in the middle is valley and pasture land, and at the left side (closest to you) is the desert.
Another full view...different angle.
In the desert we find the wisemen and the Roman soldiers giving the proclamation of the census. On the right in the back is the textile shop and in front you can see half of the well.
The middle back is a kitchen and just some random bystanders :)
Here on the right we have the stable and next to it is the poultry house. We pretend the guy who owns the poultry house owns the stable LOL..Under the little nook to the left we are proud to introduce our newest addition...a CAVE!! We were so excited to be able to engineer this little cave. We have always wanted one somehow but just couldn't figure out the best way to do it. So we love the cave :)
But the question was...who lived in the cave? We tried some of the figures....not quite. So Jamie says "We need someone rugged looking." So, we pulled one of the zampognari (the pipers) and one of them was wearing goatskin pants! Yeah. That's the cave dweller.
Coming down from the side of the stable is a stream (which really looks like water doesn't it??!? We were pretty impressed ourselves). There are three bridges crossing the stream and a pond at the end. All the way to the right you can see a part of the pottery shop.
Just another view. If you look closely right up front here on the little bridge crossing the bottom of the stream there is a turtle. You may not know this but turtles were abundant in Bethlehem ;)
And there you have it! Whenever we put this up I wish we could leave it all year.
What sort of scenes/decorations do you put up for advent and Christmas?