Sunday, January 7, 2007
My friend Angela invited me to accompany her and her two daughters to Mazzara'Sant'Andrea for the 12th night Christmas Presepe. This is a village showing what Bethlehem would have looked like when Jesus was born...live presentation. It is a drive up into a mountain village where the old part of the town was transformed into streets of Bethlehem. We walked the narrow steps which formed the narrow street. On both sides you could enter small houses which held village homes and various shops. In the small squares artisans showed their skills and wares. We met up with a cheese maker, cobbler, shepherd, bread vendors, skilled embroiders, pasta shop, a family cooking soup...fishermen..and several others including the mayor, carpenter and a mercato. The walking route was lit by candles and pots of simmering apples in water over open fires. Check out the picture post.