French Country Marché
During the French Revolution, Nativity depictions were forbidden in public. People developed their own Nativity scenes which were displayed inside their homes and included figurines called "Santons" (little saints). These Nativity scenes included the traditional figures plus shepherds, farm animals, a Bohemien, a village priest, a fisherman, a water carrier, a town crier and his wife, a knife sharpener, and other important figures of village life. Lastly, the three wise men along with their camels round out the scene.
An exceptional detailed representation of the Village Nativity Scene can be seen in Aix-en-Provence. The fountain in Aix-en-Provence is the inspiration for the ornaments found in the French Provencal Store Collection.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed making them.