This year's nativity scene has raised a few comments because it seems to depict the Holy Family at home (as in Matthew's Gospel), rather than in the stable (as in Luke's Gospel). Thus, we get Jospeh's carpenter shop depicted as part of the scene:What is sort of strange is that certain elements from Luke are also incorporated, such as the manger, as if Mary and Jospeh had a manger instead of a crib in their house. Oh well, I suppose one ought to make certain concessions to popular expectations.
While at St. Peter's, we took in mor eof the sights, since Sophie and Denis don't really remember much from our visits here five years ago.The kids were particularly impressed by the point in the square where the four rows of columns. . .
. . . all line up to look like a single row:
The fountains were beautiful in the setting sun:
We went inside briefly and were once again impressed by the vastness of the place:
We discovered lots of different things there. . .Some of them surprising, such as the fact that the altar paintings are all actually mosaics.
. . .some of it was very strange. . .
We got gelato on the way home. Sophie says to make sure everyone knows that it was very good.