Rick Steves’ European Christmas – Presepi Manger Scenes
This is the eleventh and final repost in a series of Rick Steves’ European Christmas traditions I originally posted in 2103. I have posted throughout December until Christmas week. These posts were well received last year and I hope they will be a blessing this year as well.
Rick Steves is a popular travel guide, especially in Europe, and has written several travel guides as well. If you have been following this blog you have seen several of his videos already.
Rick has produced a wonderful series of ten YouTube videos entitled Rick Steves’ European Christmas. These videos are in High Definition and are very professional in their production quality. Rick does a great job narrating based on his extensive personal knowledge leading and guiding tours of each country.
I have shared the series throughout December until Christmas.
Each video depicts the local traditions for celebrating Christmas and I have found every one very interesting and uplifting. I hope you do, too!
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Let’s share the joy of the season as those in several European countries show us their traditions.
These presepi, as manger scenes are called, originated just a little north of Rome in Assisi by Saint Francis. That was 800 years ago. He was a master at teaching Bible lessons with clever props, and a manger scene helped people relate to the Christmas message more vividly. Ever since then, the Baby Jesus has been shown on his humble birthday and in his humble setting, in local scenes that have not a hint of Jerusalem: an Italian setting for Italian viewers (or an Arctic scene for Eskimos) to connect more intimately with the story of the Nativity.