11 December 2014

My Family Nativity Scene Has Found a New Home!

Some of you may recall that three years ago, the MissyMoos and I made our own nativity scene out of paddle pop sticks.

This ridiculous craft frenzy with, at the time, a newborn baby and two older children under school age, was inspired by my childhood memories of my Nonna's nativity scene which she made herself. When we were kids, my sister and I would look at the nativity scene and move the characters around. We'd make the wise men walk over the mountains to get to baby Jesus. The sheep would nudge a snoozing shepherd. The cow would moo. And it was there every Christmas for us to enjoy.

My Nonna made the nativity scene around 40 years ago.

Here is a photo of my sister and I with it 28 years ago:

The last Christmas I spent in its midst would have been around 16 years ago.

And now, here is a photo of it taken this week in my new home:

Yes, for the first time in 16 years, I am spending a Christmas with my Nonna's nativity scene in the house, only this time, it is in my home being enjoyed by my children - the fourth generation of my family to see it.

It's a little something from my Nonna, left behind for us to enjoy again after all these years. It's something I can tell her great-grandchildren about her and something of hers they can see for themselves.

Thank you to my Zia for keeping it safe all these years. Thank you to my parents (known as Nonna and Par on this blog) for driving interstate to bring it to me for the next generation to enjoy. And thank you to my Nonna. I miss you, but I am so happy to have this reminder of you in my home.

Buon Natale!


  1. That is a beautiful post Francesca. A Nativity Scene is an essential at Christmas. It's what Christmas is really about and often gets lost in the commercialism. Nonna will be there in spirit with you. It's a gorgeous Nativity Scene too!

  2. Wow that is some impressive nativity scene!


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