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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Feast of the Epihany

Hello My dear Stamper friends:
Today, I did not make a card to post here at my blog...

BUT I received this "special" card over the holidays from the Principality Of Monaco!!!!
(BTW, Where I used to work for many years) ...

and what a better image for today's post than the "Adoration of the Magi"

monaco card philatelie 2014


Today we are celebrating "Epiphany" day, when Jesus "Manifest" himself to the world and to the gentiles such as these kings who present to him  with their gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense....

This is one of my nativities, a more modern one from USA with the Magi called "Krinkles"
I collect nativities from around the world and today I want to share a few with you...

nativity kings krinkles


All over Latin America, many countries in Europe, (France, Spain, Italy, England etc) and eastern Orthodox churches today it is a very special day...
it is the end of Chritsmas time for SOME countries and for the Orthodox Russians today is  even more important than Christmas ...

In Latin america children received gifts
In Spain there are many parades with the Kings procession
In France, as you may know, where I lived and study for many years, on this day we eat the special "kings cake", see my post from last year HERE
This is a traditional French nativity called "Crèche avec des Santons" made out of clay and painted by hand.

nativity kings santons


In Mexico, all children get a second Christmas and this traditional sweet bread with fruit gelli paste  is eaten..where you will find a trinket in the shape of the baby Jesus. Similar to waht you find inside the "kings cake" eaten over in France...



since I live in California, where the Mexican community is huge I can find this bread at my local pastry shop and every year I look forward to have a bite, although it is huge...I can not eat it all I always get it just to keep with the tradition...this year I gave up the French one :( King's cake/Galette des Rois

this other Nativity is made out of clay and very traditional Mexican

nativity kings mexican clay

and I leave you with one of my favorite nativities from Florence, Italy carved in wood.
Did you know that "Nativities" (depictions with figurines of the birth of Christ) originated in Italy?

nativity kings italian wood carved

 to view cards made specially for Epiphany day 


reminder: 
My "Throwback Thursdays" #TBT challenge will resume on 
Thursday Jan. 15th!!!
Join me and revive an old project,the prizes are gorgeous!


Thank you for the visit and 

Happy day of the Magi!
Feliz día de Reyes!
Bonne Fête des Rois!


15 comments:

  1. To Canada, we celebrate the Epiphany Day in the church, the first sunday after of New Year !Blessing special today!!

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  2. What absolutely beautiful nativities!! Being a Catholic, the Feast of the Nativity is a celebrated day!! How awesome that you used to work for the Principality of Monaco!! Happy Day of the Magi!!

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  3. they are incredible. Thank you for sharing such a special celebration! hugs, de

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  4. Happy New Year Bibiana, love all the pictures, explanations and post.

    Hugs Diane

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  5. So awesome that you shared this; thank you!

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  6. That bread looks yummy. I really love the clay nativity set. Thank you for finding me on SCS and leaving a comment. I'm going to have to investigate why people are having problems leaving comments on my blog. Happy New Year!

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  7. These are gorgeous Bibiana, I have always wanted a Nativity scene but have never gotround to getting one, these are each beautiful in their own right.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. WAUW these nativities are sooo beautiful Bibiana, and so is the card you´ve recieved too. And thanks sooo much for the explanation on habbits here once again. We´re always certain to learn something new, wvery time we visit here on your blog.
    Have a wonderful week hun and lots of grest fun.

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  9. I'm sorry to be late commenting on this post, but it is lovely to read and look at your photos. The Nativities are all beautiful, I think my favourites are the one from Mexico and from the USA, thank you for sharing, hugs Carole Z X

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  10. Very interesting! I enjoyed this!

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  11. Great nativities. I have a wood carved set that I love but I only have one. You have quite a collection and they are beautiful.

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  12. ohhh tes mages (surtout les tout premiers) sont magnifiques
    bisous

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  13. Im always learning when I visit your blog, beautiful celebration and displays. wonderful!! :)

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  14. Woww me encantaron todos estan preciosos y esa rica se ve riquisima ami solo me salieron 4 niñitos jijij, asi que me toca la tamaliza para este 2 de febrero. Bibiana que este año este lleno de muchas bendiciones para ti y tu familia, abrazos!!!

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  15. So neat to see all your different Nativity's, I have heard of most of these traditions, how wonderful to know God is all over this world of ours, touching so many people!

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Thanks so much for visiting my blog!...AND Thank you for taking the time to comment on my post today...It keeps me motivated!
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, I will be more than happy to answer them.
THANKS again, Bibiana