Presépio is Portuguese for "Nativity Scene". Follow along as we build this year's version of a long family tradition. Mai e Pai (Mom & Dad, in Portuguese) started this tradition with just a few figurines bought in a Paris airport, to hundreds of pieces lovingly collected or hand-crafted over the decades and across two continents.

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07 January, 2011


I had every intention of posting on the big day, but alas, diligent updating of this blog has eluded me. I feel justified in having devoted my attentions to family & friends, which is, after all, what's most important about the season.

Well, the 3 kings arrived right on schedule, gifts in hand.

And we had no dearth of visitors of our own from foreign lands - Boston, NY, CT, and Switzerland via France. Even a visitor from the Jewish quarter in Prague! They provided eager assistance and ideas, which you can see in the slideshow.

Among the major advancements were bringing in new sand and shells for the beach...tiny shells collected from a beach in Kauaii decades ago provide true-to-scale realism...
The small details are filling in...the floosy chicken, the deer-plagued garden, the rabbit-haunted farm, complete with cabbages, pumpkins, and arugula...Comet, Windsor & Izzy, Marz & Venus...

And as a backdrop, the wonderful Boxing Day snow.

Here are 3 illustrating Phil's triumphant crossing sign, another with some details of my French helpers and their landscaping skills, and lastly, just a few serene shots of the day-after-Christmas snow.


  1. This is a good start, but you really need to build a bridge over the tracks somewhere. I live in a small town that has a railroad through it. When you hear the train and you are driving toward the tracks you head to 2nd street because that is where the bridge is.

    A group of townspeople are petitioning for the train to stop blowing its horn when it comes to crossings.

    I hope that your Presépio doesn't let the trains blow their horns. Perhaps that could be Gabriel's job although there is some evidence that when Gabriel blows his horn there is something bigger than a train about to happen.

  2. No horns - it was only last year that we got the crossing lights!
    Now - planning and zoning will be meeting this week, so the idea of a bridge could be put on the agenda. I think the Wetlands Commission has already done the environmental impact study...

    Thanks for the idea!