Pesebre -- "Where is Baby Jesus?"

"Where's Baby Jesus?" This is a comment heard every time someone visits our house during the Christmas season. Unlike here in the States, where most perople's Nativity sets are displayed through the season with Baby Jesus is full view, in Colombia the infant is noticably absent.

Absent that is until December 24th, when at midnight the children make a big deal of putting the infant child in the manger.



















This is our Colombian nativity set. It was made in Ráquira, Boyacá.


http://www.colombia.com/turismo/sitio/raquira.asp


Mary, Joseph, and the Shepherds have a unqie Colombian twist to their attire. They are dressed like Boyancenses -- complete with Ruanas and Sombrero.






































I thought it would be good to encourage adopting families to purchase a Nativity set while they are in Colombia. This one cost us $5 US. It is small enough to fit in 1/2 of a shoebox, and well worth seeing and using every Christmas.


Sorry I am not a great photographer. I will work on that. Any suggestions?

Comments

mysistersjar said…
Hello! I'm very glad to have found your blog. We are in the waiting time of adopting from Colombia. I read every blog entry and will bookmark your page. This is very interesting and helpful information. Thank you for taking the time to write this.
~ Linda
Ruth Ann Craven said…
I was unaware if this tradition, so thanks for sharing! Now I'll have to go hide baby Jesus somewhere until Christmas Eve!

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