Monday, January 1, 2007
Just when you're feeling that the American commercial machine has drained you of any Christmas spirit, I thought I would share these photographs of creches built by people who live in East Los Angeles. I took a bicycle tour of these creches last January and it was a moving, delightful experience.
It's hard to describe the dimensions of this creche, which was the piece de resistance of our tour and occupied about half of the family's living room. Apparently they start constructing it right after Thanksgiving and it takes weeks, with thousands of lights, animals and decorations. It's truly awe-inspiring. The family also created a tribute to Pope John Paul on a nearby table.