The Ferrara family crèche

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The créche features figurines of shepherds, the three kings, the Holy Family, and even animals, such as sheep and dogs. Gabrielle Giacomo '15

 

The créche features figurines of shepherds, the three kings, the Holy Family, and even animals, such as sheep and dogs. Gabrielle Giacomo '15
The créche features figurines of shepherds, the three kings, the Holy Family, and even animals, such as sheep and dogs.
Gabrielle Giacomo ’15

Convent of the Sacred Heart senior Regina Ferrara’s family crèche has been the center of their Christmas celebration for the past 27 years. This holiday season, Regina and her family have shared their tradition with Sacred Heart. 
The Nativity Scene, also known as “El Nacimeinto,” is an heirloom passed down in Mexican households. Although the Ferrara crèche is missing some of its original components, a few of the pieces date back to Regina’s great grandparents on her father’s side. About 16 years ago, the crèche was  passed down to Regina’s father and uncle.
The tradition started in the Ferrara family with the basic stable, the Holy Family, the three kings, and a few shepherds. Since then, a new figurine has been purchased and added to the collection each year. Currently, the crèche consists of 60 pieces, both new and old. New additions, such as a star, are incorporated with some of the oldest pieces, such as the Angel, which was part of the original collection.
“My favorite part of the crèche is the desert,” Regina said. “I usually help my dad set that part up every year.”
Although the full 60 piece collection is not displayed, the Ferrara créche still takes up both altar steps in the Sacred Heart chapel. Gabrielle Giacomo '15
Although the full 60 piece collection is not displayed, the Ferrara créche still takes up both altar steps in the Sacred Heart chapel.
Gabrielle Giacomo ’15

Adult family members usually take on the feat of setting up the crèche. This year, Sacred Heart students were able to volunteer to help construct it.
“When the time comes to set up for the Nativity, it is a family ordeal,” Regina said. “By setting up this nativity, I am reminded every year of my family back in Mexico. It helps set the tone for a season of love, joy, and community.”
This idea of family fueled the Ferrara’s decision to share the crèche with Sacred Heart.
“I think because it is our last year at Sacred Heart, after 15 years we thought it would be a nice gift for the holiday season,” Regina said. “Sacred Heart truly is a family and we were so excited to be able to share it with everyone.”
 
-Gabrielle Giacomo, Photo and Layout Editor