Christmas is coming quickly. The Centro Cultural e Histórico José Figueres Ferrer in San Ramón announced its annual portal contest Thursday.
The portal is the nativity scene, usually Joseph, Mary and Child with shepherds, wise men and animals thrown in.
This is the 11th annual contest run by the center, and the judging of contestants’ home nativity scenes will take place from Dec. 7 to 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The scenes will be graded on creativity, organization, conservation of traditional elements and the degree of difficulty in building the scene, said the center. Contestants have to enroll with the center. More information is on the Web site.
Prizes will be awarded Dec. 18.
At Christmas most homes and many public offices have nativity scenes. They range from the low-budget to the elaborate. Among the most popular is one put up by the Teatro Nacional each year. The inauguration of the display usually is in the first week of December, and each year workers there try to create an unexpected theme.
One year it was a rainforest nativity scene with large plastic tree trunks.