Beléns everywhere you look

26 12 2009

At Christmas there are Bélens (nativity scenes) everywhere. They’re in shop windows, in churches and there’s one in the tiny courtyard at our language school, behind the gate – which is kind of the Jailbreak version… Not only do they have Jesus and his folks and a bunch of animals, the Bélens here are whole cities – you can keep buying a little bit more each year and create an entire city with everything from the veggie patch next to the Inn they’re staying in, a waterwheel for the river that runs by, or even the temple – it’s like seasonal Lego! Lots of houses also have a Baby Jesus flag (or variation of) which you can buy from the Catholic churches and hang like flags from all the balconies. Others have gone for Santas climbing up a rope or the 3 Kings climbing a ladder (I guess they leave their donkey’s downstairs?) Alfonso took this photo – a case of never the twain shall meet!

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