In Spain nativity scenes (or Beléns) are really popular and many families have a natitivity rather than a Christmas tree in their homes. We visited an incredible belen in a house in the nearby village of Sardas. The scale was incredible – 20 feet long with several hundred figures and even a running stream!
Lot’s of the bible stories were represented with Herod’s palace and the 3 kings all shown as well as everyday scenes such as breadmakers. It takes the around two weeks to set the Belén up each year. It’s also common to put Beléns on significant peaks – our mountain club put a lit Belén on the peak of Santa Orosia each year.
The house also had a fantastic collection of antique clocks which made a wonderful sound as you were viewing the nativity although I’m not sure how I’d like them in my house year round!