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Valtopina nativity scene under construction

Valtopina nativity scene under construction

Every Christmas our town of Valtopina constructs a nativity scene in the same place and along the same basic lines.

It consists of a landscape of cliffs and glens and forests with, as its main feature, a stream of real running water that turns a miniature water wheel.

Somewhere in this landscape, bathed in light, is the Holy Family, with various shepherds and kings trekking their way towards them.

I haven’t seen the completed scene this year – it was unveiled last night –  but this was how it began.

The young man in the quilted jacket is being advised by his grandfather, just visible.

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