Well, I never know whether to say Happy Christmas or not…
Over on Heikeknits, my friend Heike has been doing a series of blog posts about seasonal traditions in Germany. By way of festive good wishes, I’m contributing – very briefly – something a bit different. Well, different in the UK, anyway. Not so different in Provence.
I have a large collection of small terracotta figures.
They are traditionally used in Christmas creches in the south of France – there’s a somewhat similar tradition in Italy and in Catalonia – and they not only represent the main protagonists of the story, but all the workers of a Provençal village.
There are some regular characters, some I like to think of as illustrating Marcel Pagnol’s wonderful autobiographical books, and some new ones every year. There are Fairs for selling them in the South, though I have to admit that most of mine have come from Paris. My father had quite a collection, but they all disappeared over time and I decided to start building my own a while ago. I’m not religious – that’s also a family tradition – so I confine my collection to the ordinary people, though some shepherds have snuck in.
Plus, but of course, the occasional sheep. And I am happy to say that I have recently managed to add these two:
I am particularly fond of them; I can’t think why…
So however you celebrate or spend it,
NADOLIG LLAWEN, HAPPY CHRISTMAS, JOYEUX NOEL!