In his volume of essays, József Szauder, a literary historian residing in Rome, published an intriguing piece in which he noted his observations upon seeing the nativity scenes in the 1970s at Christmastime. In the Piazza Navona, he wrote, the tortoise-shaped square of antique origin transformed into a ‘world stage’. Only at that time can one truly imagine how the lively bustle of people might have populated the marketplace square decades ago, along with the merchants’ stalls filled with all manner of dolls, the nativity scene figurines. ‘Here the third smaller stage thoroughly lined the second, the row of stalls, which in turn corresponded to the urban stage’ (Szauder 1977, 338). The whole world, all humanity, trooped around the infant Jesus’ crib – and not just on account of the holy parents Mary and Joseph or the donkey and ox exhaling warm breath over the manger, but also for the shepherds and the Three Kings from the East.