The Santons of Provence
Contibutor blog post by Victoria Koning @Mirabeau Wine:
Sir Francis of Assisi established the tradition of nativity scenes in 1223 with live enactments by people and animals during the midnight mass on Christmas eve in his church of Greccio, Italy. The tradition halted after the French Revolution, when many churches were closed. In 1803 the Santons of Provence …Continue reading here to understand this Christmas tradition centered around handmade clay figurines.
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