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Italians and their nativity scenes – something to behold, they say (she sighed) – here’s an interesting Slow Travel thread on what people are seeing around Italy these days and here’s a post from a wonderful blog by an American woman living in Rome on the tradition in general as well as on her Presepe-related visit to Naples.

Take a look, too, at the famed sand presepe in Jesolo, which is sculpted every year with proceeds that go to a particular cause – this year it’s for a center dedicated to rescuing child soldiers in Uganda.

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Mary Jane

posted December 31, 2006 at 5:52 pm

The Neapolitan presepe are the source for the Spanish belen tradition. You can learn more about these at and its associated blog (accessible from that website or at
St. Augustine, Florida has its first belen this year – and the Three Kings were moved closer this week (done by replacing them with larger figures since perspective is a big part of the design).
I love all the little figures. Since I live with a belenista, that also means I live with myriad tiny livestock this time of year. But it sure beats the barebones Protestant nativity of my childhood.

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posted December 31, 2006 at 7:20 pm

My parish hosted “Nativity Sets from Around the World” — 40 nativities — from every continent.
St. Mary’s, Belleville IL
with thanks to the great Marian Library at the University of Dayton.
Father John

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