Saturday, 3 December 2016

Christmas Countdown and Traditions Day Three

Hello Friends!

Already we are on day three of opening the Advent calendar, how December is flying by, and I do think I have found a very special treat today for the Christmas Traditions and Trivia ~~~ but first, here is this morning's picture behind the door ~~~


Today's Christmas Tradition is all about the Bambino, or Baby Jesus, that spends a night in a different house in my village through December.

It is a fairly recent tradition in my parish that well received and is establishing itself in a country far from it's origins.  A local couple went to Italy on holiday and found the Bambino tradition where they were staying, so they sought out a Bambino to bring back with them to start the same tradition in our village.

Prior to December 1st, members of the congregation sign up to give refuge for one night to the Bambino.

On December 1st, the Bambino, which represents the Baby Jesus, begins his journey as he travels around the village spending a night at each of the houses who offered to take him in and give him refuge. Special prayers are made each night {see the cards, below} giving thanks for Lord Jesus in our lives, and all that he gives us, then in the morning the Bambino travels on to the next house that has offered to take him in and give him refuge for that night.  On Christmas Eve he returns to the Cathedral.






I hope this sweet tradition continues to flourish, and maybe one day I'll be lucky enough to have the Bambino in my cottage for one December night.

Until the next time ~~~
~~~Deborah xoxo

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  1. A lovely tradition Debs. Long may it continue.

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    1. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
      How I wonder who you are?
      Hello Anonymous ~ it sounds as if we know each other? Please tell ~~~

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  2. Well, that's a new one I'd not heard of. My books about Christmas traditions are............in a box under the bed! so I can't even look to see if it's mentioned anywhere

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    1. I can't find it in any of my books, and I've tried Googling it and can't find it so am only going on what I've learned about it from the people involved with it at the cathedral.

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  3. What a lovely tradition you have in your village, Deb! It bought tears to me this morning. I had not heard of this Italian tradition. So meaningful. xoxo ♥

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    1. I hadn't either until the couple brought the Bambino back with them. It is a lovely tradition indeed.
      Deb xoxo

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  4. How wonderful and fun~ I hope you have the chance to have the Bambino soon.

    Darlene

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    1. Not this year, but maybe one day ~~~Deb xoxo

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  5. I do indeed like this one, Deb!! What a lovely tradition!! I hope he finds his way to your cottage! And most importantly He is in our hearts!! Thank you for sharing! Jane xoxo

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  6. I've never heard of this before. How do they choose the successful candidates.

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    1. It's a sign up sheet at the back of the Nave; first come, first served.

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