We had family photos done at Mepkin Abbey three years ago (including my profile photo) but I hadn’t been back there since, despite mentioning the place in my most recent story. Our family was invited out there today, with friends, for the annual Creche Festival, which I found ever-so-delightful. What better way to launch the Christmas season but a celebration of nativity scenes from around the world?
In the courtyard outside the abbey library, where the nativity scenes were displayed, I saw this beautiful tree and tried to capture the sunlight shining through its branches.
Inside the library, the first thing we saw was this nifty tree made of a thousand origami crane.
(I’m not sure how the formatting of the rest is going to turn out … captions are supposed to appear beside the photos!)
Some of my favorites … a nativity from Italy, of terra cotta dressed in real fabrics … such detail!!
Part of a nativity scene from Germany where woodland animals join in adoration of the Christ child:
One from the Philippines, of wood and woven reed and straw:
I loved this one, from Peru (check out the native dress, especially the hat on the shepherd in whte!) …
One of woven raffia, from Colombia …
And, an especial favorite, the “Happy Nativity” … look at the joy in the figurines! Even the animals are smiling.
Less than a third of an incandescently lovely porcelain and silver set … I loved the wise men and their mounts!
Afterward, we walked down to the river and went to the Laurens family cemetery, a spot I’ve wanted to visit for some time … but that’s another post for another day.