Nativity Village

31 Jan

There’s this little village called Bazzano, about 35 km outside Parma, up to the hills. It’s nothing really special, just one little, cozy and ancient village as many others. But every year, around Christmas time, this little village is suddenly very crowded, especially on sunny days like the one we choose for a visit……

Almost all the houses in the village have a nativity scene outside, arranged in different ways, using different materials, and different locations, such as the woodshed below……

……or giving the impression that you’re looking inside a house throught a window……..

….or just a more traditional one.

This one, settled between branches, small and almost hidden, is my favourite.

I wonder how the family living in this house can go inside, having placed their nativity on the steps……..

….and where is the car that usually had shelter here…..

The most innovative is this one, recycling used pipes, with engraved pictures, inside a tube.

Certainly this family has hens, because they settled their scene inside eggs baskets……

….and this family just renovated their roof and they had a few tiles left.

Once painted on a old barn walls. the nativity scene is settled forever.

Not this one, under the roof of the hayloft, waiting for the new harvest to come.

You must acknowledge the imagination of the owner of this nativity, settled in Antarctica…..  

….. or this one, in Russia.

At night, when there’s no more people around, you can close this cabinet and put the figurines to sleep.

I can only guess there’s no one with a sweet tooth in the village, or this nativity made from biscuits wouldn’t have last!

The most traditional scene is arranged in the parich church, obvioulsy……..

The most original nativity scene is not a nativity at all……..made from recycled plastic bottles…..

It was the first time we visited there during Christmas time, even if we knew about this nice tradition for ages……can’t wait for next year and see what the inhabitants will come up with!

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