One cultural thing (among many, many things!) that has surprised us is that nativity sets seem to be almost non-existent here. In a country where the national church is at the center of many things, it seems like in terms of Christmas decorations–Christ has really been left out of Christmas! Western looking Santas, and flashy, kitschy decorations seem to be the trend.
So far in our search, we’ve only found two! Last year, one teammate found a woodworker selling these sets at a Christmas Bazaar. And THIS year, another teammate asked a local friend to crochet a set (she did this by looking at a picture–amazing!!)