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Welcome back for Countdown to Christmas Day 15 (quindici) !
Behind door number 15 is something familiar to all families in Italy, no matter which part of the country they are from. The presepe, or Nativity scene, is a very important part of the Christmas traditions. Families set their presepe up beginning on December 8. Most are very elaborate, including moving parts, multiple buildings, people, animals and all sorts of interesting accessories, some even including a sun and moon that rise and set mechanically.
The presepe was introduced by Francis of Assisi, who used a living Nativity scene in a cave in the 13th century. The tradition spread throughout Italy, but has been made most famous by the city of Naples wh.ich has hundreds of presepe displayed during the holidays
This Nativity scene, located in a small church in Savona, Italy, includes not only the three wisemen, but also fishermen and their boats. Savona is a seaport, it only makes sense that a presepe here would include something important to the local people.
This photo shows the fishermen bringing their gifts to the Christ child in the manger also.