Nativity Scenes from Peru and the World

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In the heart of San Isidro, one of Lima's most exclusive neighborhoods, a beautiful corner house opens its doors and lets us in on its most valuable secrets.

Javier Luna and his wife showed us the first floor of their home, as we admired each one of the objects jealously guarded by the family.

The home's paintings, pottery, and a beautiful piano were only the beginning of this unforgettable walk-through full of family history, tradition, art and above all, passion. The fact is that Javier Luna, the owner of this collection, grew up admiring the family Nativity scene, set up painstakingly every December with fervor, devotion, and the love that every family has for its own unique Nativity scene.

Thus, on each of his trips within Peru and abroad, Javier would look for a Nativity scene portraying the birth of Jesus (or "niño Manuelito") to connect him with his childhood, with the warmth felt at home every December, with his own personal history.

Javier owns two thousand Nativity scenes which he has gathered from every corner of the world, with different shapes, colors, and textures, each one with its own message.

The Nativity scenes rotate in no particular order in the windows of the second floor of the Luna residence. Thus, every visit feels like the first time.

As we departed from Casa Luna, we were stunned not just by the magnificent collection, but by the traditions preserved by this family from Lima. As Yvonne Luna proudly stated: "In this house we dance Marinera and we eat mazamorra morada (purple corn pudding)"

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