For tradition, the crib would have to be ready within
29th November, day which announces, by the sweet and
sad sound of the bagpipes, the beginning of the Virgin’s
Novena. For nine days, in front of the crib, still empty, the
bagpipers will play their soft melodies. Then, after the 8th
December, the bagpipes will stop to play and
will begin again
with the Christmas Novena.
the building of a crib, I will give you some practical advice: first, remember
that a Crib, any crib, is always beautiful.
I suggest you to prepare a plan by a drawing, then:
take a board that must be bigger than the crib planned.
Following the drawing, put on the wooden structure,
fixing the boards with the nails.
For the modelling of the rocks: prepare the plaster mixture
carefully ( use the
“alabastrina” or the “scagliola”)
For the mixture, make always small quantities, because
it becomes hard
For the colour, you can use the colours in the small
The colours, dissolved in water, must be put in a
The painting depends on the taste and on the artistic
Remember, before starting the work,
to cover pavements,
furniture and walls with papers.
the next number of our magazine we will speak about the
crib made by cork.
a good time and good-bye at the next number