The nitty gritty of a Spanish Nativity Scene (un Belén)

Christmas is almost here!  In Seville, Spàin, you know Christmas is near when the booths selling nativity scenes set up.  It is quite a tradition in Spain.  Much time and effort are expended in the creation of a nativity scene.  In each of the booths you will find buildings, trees, colored landscaping saw dust, camels, characters, and all sorts of small props including miniature Spanish pots.  You can find tinajas, lebrillos, macetas, orzas and much more.  Many of these very small pots are hand made – in the same way that the much larger pots are made.  They are hand thrown.  In the following photos, you can see the building blocks of a nativity scene – veggies, hams, pots, shovels, trees, bridges, nails, etc. etc.   Really look at some of the photos and you will be amazed at what you see.  In several photos I put a Euro so that you can understand the size of the items you are looking at.  A Euro is the same size as a quarter approximately (maybe a little smaller)

Merry Christmas!

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