29 Dec 2011


Jenny Matlock
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Last week I wrote a post about the history of our 68 old handmade Italian Nativity scene, which had been in our attic since 1997 when it was used for the last time.

This year we saw it again under the beautiful Christmas tree our son had put up.

It looked very similar to how Mr. G. had set up his Nativity scene, he got when he was 2 years old.

and it is still very beautiful. He missed his little river the bushes and the lake with ducks. I think it is the only item of his childhood he really hangs on deeply.

The parts in detail.

One year old Toby didn't really realize yet what it was, and we both had a little bit the blues, because our traditions had changed too. We always had put the gifts under the tree at Christmas Eve and started at 5 pm with a drink while we unwrapped our gifts before we had our Christmas supper, so our little son could already play with his new toys.

This time it was in the morning, while we had a cup of coffee and little Toby didn't know with what to play, because he had got a kitchen from us and a tricycle from his parents, but both had to be put together first, which took quiet some time. But then after his morning nap he could start to cook and bike.

While Daddy puts the top of the kitchen together (with a microwave ... please !) Nonno Mr. G. helps cooking. Then he made a tour on his new tricycle.

He really loves his kitchen !


A Lady's Life said...

It's so nice to see tradition keep going like this.
But maybe it should be placed higher up so the baby doesn't touch it.
It tells a story kids grow up with and its a beautiful story teaching goodness.New things are not like the old ones.The old ones are worth keeping.

Ika Devita Susanti said...

OMG That's beautiful! I love the tree and the nativity scene, very beautiful! Toby looks very excited! lol

Jo said...

I read all about your Presipio and what a lovely story and heritage. I'm so glad your son has enough romatiscm in him to keep this tradition going. I love the photo of little Toby watching the tree (German) and the Nativity Scene (Italian) in his parents new home. Thanks for sharing. Jo

jfb57 said...

I just love the lights in that stable.
hope you don';t mind me saying but do make sure little one does not put his hand on a real stove as he is about to in that picture! I had a sharp in-take of breath!

Vicki/Jake said...

What an awesome Nativity to pass down. And it seems you have a chef in the making...who will ride to work on a bike:) Have a wonderfilled New Year Gattina!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

It must have been wonderful to see Christmas through his eyes!

Gattina said...

To : jfb57
Thank you for your advice of course it's not a real plate, there is just a little red light underneath and you can switch the light on and off that's the fun of it !

icedgurl said...

trekking your lovely blog!!! thanks for sharing and keep posting! Happy New Year!


Lifecruiser Travel said...

OH, I LOVE that Nativity scene! It's gorgeous - all those figures, how marvelous to still have them. We had very few xmas decorations in my home when I was a child and no nativity scene.

That kitchen looks so great - I bet Toby will become a great chef after playing with this one, so authentic!

Maribeth said...

Yes, I see traditions changing over time. Some good, some bad. But as long as we have the ones we love with us, then life is good! ;o)

Jo Bryant said...

it all looks amazing...

Jo said...

I love that you put the nativity scene around the tree ... it looks so pretty!

anitamombanita said...

I love his kitchen too! And I also love that you put the nativity under the tree. What better way to incorporate the true meaning of Christmas with the more secular version. Hope you have a wonderful 2012!

Judie said...

Well, I still haven't a clue as to what happened to my nativity that is just like yours! It's a shame, because they were so beautifully made!

Rod and Joey put the train sets together the night befor Christmas, and Aimee put Emaline's Calico Critters Nursery set together. The twins were delighted in the morning.

Great post, Gattina!!

Jenny said...

Awwww..the joy of seeing Christmas through a child's eyes.

This was a wonderful glimpse into your holiday.

Such a warm and cozy place you live in!