Nativity scenes usually give people two very different ideas, tacky and naff or part of the very core part of Christmas to imagine a visual scene of Christ’s arriving into the world. Was this horribly early? No, actually I saw this first week of December.
Malta, which of course is a Catholic country actually takes this tradition very seriously, more than any other county I have visited (although I have yet to visit Italy)
As well as a complete scene, it seems you can instead buy all the bits separately, expanding your collection each year. In this store, this place has the animals, figures and scenery next to a Nespresso machine and kitchen cleaners.
Notice the signs here and in others I have seen seem to make it clear what the object of it all. 🙂
Malta has people from other religious groups here, but hasn’t put any silly restrictions on celebrating a very important day. Merry Christmas!!