Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The crèche and the magi

While I was in Naples last week I went running once only. Unfortunately, after this training around the Royal Park of Naples I had a Bronchitis (I had a shower and I quickly got out while the weather was cold) and consequently I didn’t run the Neapolitan 10 km. race which started the 26th of December. But I saw that race while my friends were running it (photo above posted). Now, if I feel good next week I will begin likely training again.

Here, in my house in Civitavecchia near Rome, the crèche or creb was constructed three weeks ago. The crèche is a depiction of the birth of Jesus and its main part is the nativity scene. But it consists of other characters from the biblical story such as shepherds and the Magi, who will reach the nativity scene the 6th of January. In the Gospel of Matthew, the only one to describe the visit of the magi, it states that they came "from the east" to worship the Christ, "born King of the Jews”.
Although Matthew does not mention their number, because three gifts are recorded as having been given to the Christ Child, traditionally there are thought to have been three Magi. The two photos above posted show the nativity scene and the Magi. You can see crèche’s sheperds in the other images below posted.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas 2009 in Naples

Christmas time is near. We'll go to Naples tomorrow where we stay until the 28th of December 2009. I hope to continue the training in Naples where I'll try to run through the old royal park. Moreover, a 10 km. race will start in a small town near Naples next Saturday. If I'll feel good I run that race.
The typical Neapolitan Christmas cake, which you can see in the photo above posted, has been cooked today. The other photo shows my mother's Christmas tree, which has been made in her house in Naples.
Wishing you a Christmas full of affection and warmed with love.