TREVISO — Not just a token sheep, but a flock of sheep. Not just Joseph and Mary, but all their neighbors, plus angels and wise men, bands of bagpipes, ancient tools, tables and cutlery, traditional dances and, yes, a thatched hut sheltering the Madonna and baby Jesus — several in fact, dressed for those roles, so as to keep the scene alive around the clock.
La Stampa reported on the sights and scale of a massive living nativity scene put on near the Italian city of Treviso this past Sunday, with the aim of breaking the Guinness World Record for such a Christmas spectacle.
The living nativity, or presepe in Italian, totalling 95 hectares (235 acres) in the Storga and Sant'Artemio parks, was organized by 14 different associations with local government support, with the aim of raising money for several charities.
The wise men and women at the Guinness offices in London will study the details and images, including videos shot with drones, to see if the Trevigiano nativity scene unseats the reigning record set last year in Provo, Utah, which included 1,039 humans and at least one camel.