When my partner warned me that his Nativity set, produced by the Italian company Fontanini, was large enough to take up an entire room in his house, I didn't quite believe him. Yet when we moved in to our new home in 2010 and I cheerily said, "Let's set up the Fontanini this year to celebrate the new house!" I had no idea of the work I was suggesting we undertake! Suddenly boxes upon boxes came out of the basement and it was an all-weekend project to assemble and arrange them all the buildings, landscaping, figures and little details.
Our Fontanini nativity took up well over half a room in the house, but the end result was worth all of the effort. The nativity was the big "hit" of our holiday party, and in the weeks leading up to Christmas we even had neighbors who'd heard about the nativity ask if they could bring their children over to see it for themselves.