Happy Holidays! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful time. And best wishes for a peaceful 2012.
This 13th century carving of the Nativity scene is above the Porta dei Fiori entrance to the Basilica di San Marco. An interesting scene, rather non-traditional in that Jesus looks more like a little boy than an infant, and Mary's posture is unique. :) I think those are little sheep peering out of the bottom of the manger.
A fascinating take on the Incarnation by Father Richard of the Center for Action and Contemplation.
"You can only fall into it and give thanks in all directions."