Let’s treat ourselves to some santons*!
While waiting for your wheat to grow, take a tour of the Santons Fair that is taking place on the Old Port. A multitude of small stalls offer visitors their little painted clay figurines that you will find in the nativity scene.
Usually, one must remain faithful to one’s santonnier (santon maker) so that the whole nativity scene remains harmonious. The originality lies in the decoration, the stable, the mountains, the perspective, the fountains, the waterways ….
As a family, we will collect moss, branches, berries, pebbles, everything that will make the decoration of the nativity scene, that we will install on a buffet or a table in the living room so that everyone can admire it on Christmas Eve.
In the traditional Provençal nativity scene you will find at least; the Holy Family (Mary, Joseph and Jesus), the donkey and the ox which warms the little Jesus (even if in Provence, it is not so cold), the shepherds and their sheep, the delighted one who is in fact the simpleton of the village who, with his arms in the air, shouts to whoever wants to hear that the Savior was born, then come all the small trades of Provence (the grinder, the garlic merchant, the soap merchant, the fishmonger, the fisherman, the hunter …) and the characters of the pastoral (play of the nativity in Provence), the angel, the blind man and his son, Jourdan and Margarido, Pistachié and the boumian (the gypsy) that is usually hidden behind a well or a house. And for a touch of modernity this year you can even treat yourself to Professor Raoult!
*small hand-painted clay nativity scene figurines