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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."

San Marco

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Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, I really enjoyed reading this post and I also found it very thought provoking. Thanks for sharing your photos. I also enjoyed reading the link and the quote. You're so right, this nativity scene is interesting for all the details you pointed out.

Wishing you a very Happy, Safe and Healthy New Year!

Wonderful art work and photography. I enjoy benefiting from your travels through your photography.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

That is beautiful! I can only imagine what it must be like in person to enter :)

Happy new year! I saw you were not playing along, but wanted to wish you all the best!


Dear Annie,
Thank you very much for all the wonderful pictures and information, it's diffucult to be able to write so easy and so interesting at the same time about this wonderful city.
many thanks, please contimue and all the best in 2012

I'm stopping in to wish you a Happy New Year from the Saturday PhotoHunt.
I hope to see y'all next Saturday ~ bring your BLING!


So beautiful! And that is one big baby Jesus!!

I think you're right about the little sheep -- increasingly, I'm more interested in the animals in a nativity scene than anything else (that's where the surprises and fun seem to lie!)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, I wanted to stop by again to wish you and yours a very Happy, Safe and Healthy New Year. I am really looking forward to seeing more of your photos and learning more about this amazing and beautiful city in 2012!

Cool! And, Joseph is thinking "How many more sleepless nights?" I was intrigued at the size of the baby Jesus, compared to his mother, in so many of the Nativity scenes in town.



Thanks everyone for your comments and best wishes for a happy new year! Annie

Fascinating nativity scene - Mary looks decidedly bored with it all - unusual indeed.

Have a brilliant new year!

Grazie mille Annie e Buon Anno a te !


That IS a curious nativity scene! I wonder what the symbolism of the oversized Jesus is all about? Love the words in the linked page, so true about struggling with utterance around such mysteries.

Happy New Year!

Beautiful pieces of art - wonderfully interpreted to the season. Many thanks! Happy New year - hope it's generously kind for you.

Thanks Annie for sharing such a beautiful picture and the inspiring words.
Happy 2012. All the best.

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