Christmas in Naples, Nativities of San Gregorio Armeno
Enjoy Christmas in Naples, the amazing exposition of the holy Nativities of San Gregorio Armeno. which is situated in the Greek-roman historical District of Naples/Italy.
The Christmas period in Naples is a bright celebration.
The citizens of Naples enjoy Christas (Natale). The relaxing Moment after the very warm season and the hard work during the year is hardly expected. Finaly time for tradions and family.
The tradition of the Cribs in Campania is used up from the 18th century and mostly shown in churches. Under the reign of the Bourbon court, the nativity-crib became very modern and tidy. Appriced by rich people – ready to collect the best work of Art.
Famous sculpture-masters designed colored Models of clay: First the holy family, but soon the crib was the mirror of the live-stilae of Naples. Important professions, trades and businesses where listed, folks from all over the world where represented. Modern and ancient buildings where represented. The landscape is made of cork, decorated with stucco and at least painted.
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Christmas in Naples, Nativities of San Gregorio Armeno
Hands, Feet and Face of the sculptures are made of painted clay, connected with a straw doll and dressed. It’s to understand like modern Barbie’s: The disign was various! Observe the faces of the Neapolitan inhabitants and compare them with the faces of the crib figures or the paintings of Caravaggio!
Luciano de Crescenzo, a contemporary Neapolitan writer, describes in his book “Cosi parlò Bellavista” (“Thus Spake Bellavista” – in the chapter “The professor”). Is stile is very humorous and jocularius, somtimes not to take serious!
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“The division between fans of cribs or fans of Christmas trees is, as I told you, decisive in a Napolitan live! It’s a must to declare it in your ID card like the sex or the blood group. It would be awful for the husband to discover only after the marriage that he is engaged with a “Christmas tree-admirer” with different uses and traditions. The lover of trees has in his mind a different attituide to live than a crib-admirer!” – Neapolitan humor…
Up to November the handy crafts begin to sell their nativitiy masterpieces done during the year in San Gregorio Armeno. You will find famous Masters with a long family tradition by their passionate employment. Names like: Desiderio, Gambardella, Di Virgiglio. Each master has his unique style and way, dimensions and sizes – NO MADE IN CHINA, but ancient handicraft of Naples!
Curiosity: Christmas in Naples, Nativities of San Gregorio Armeno
The Neapolitan Family passes the crib from generation to generation. Once decided for a master, you can’t change, because the style would be very different. The family members tell from generation to generation the history from each figure of the crib. Who bought it where and why? Impotent to understand the Context of past generations live like Illnesses, state, political influence,
Before Christmas, San Gregorio Armeno is very busy. It’s easy to understand the live-stile, history and traditions of Naples. Napolitan Christmas begins on 8th of December, day of the Immaculate Conception. Every family has to dicede: Christmas tree or Christmas crib? Historical Christmas cribs in Naples are to visit everywhere, but the most beautiful you will find in the Museum of Santa Chiara and San Martino.
Christmas in Naples, Nativities of San Gregorio Armeno: How celebrates the napolitan Family?
The eavning of the 24th December is used to celebrate with the close family, to the compare of the next days: Christmas is celebrated with hole the big italian family (Grandparents, parents, aunts, cousins, nephews, children,…) The 25th of December, Babbo Natale (Santa Claus) brings the gifts through the chimney (most of the apartments don’t have chimneys!) The real funny part is the meal. For days the women of the family are preparing the traditional recipes together, tooken from the further generations. To stay together in Family is important, as well as to drink, to talk, to relate, to laugh and to play games togheter. Partygames like the Tombola (similar to Bingo) or cards. The celebration takes several days and continues to celebrate new year.
Eaven the food-tradition is various: Who lives close the ocean cooks fish to the compare of the mountain areas, which prefer meat. It’s a must to celebrate once in your live a “Napolitan Cristmas” – with a large Napolitan Family! Attention: It’s a
An other improtant celebration, especially for the very young children is called: BEFANA. The witch brings small gifts, if the children where educated during the year. Otherwise she will bring coal. Belief me, after Chrismas we need a good diet-programm!
Important concerning Christmas in Naples, Nativities of San Gregorio Armeno
The clime in Naples is perfect on December and January: Nice winds clear up the amazing view, the temperature is around 15°C The most important point is, that’s low season: Prices are affordable and it’s more relaxing! In Sommer-time hotels are overbooked! Enjoy a relaxing holiday in Naples in Winter with History, Archology and Art!
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