Nov. 7 - U.S. President Barack Obama a popular choice for Italians as he returns as a favorite figurine for traditional nativity scenes. Lindsay Claiborn reports.
Along the narrow streets in Naples, Italian shopkeepers have begun the annual tradition of setting up their elaborate Christmas decorations. But this year, the traditional nativity scenes contain a surprise -- a miniature of newly re-elected U.S President Barack Obama nestled amongst the sheep and baby Jesus. Craftsman have been carving nativity scenes since the 19th century along the street of Via San Gregorio Armeno and have used their art to reflect current events. Italian fans of the U.S. President said his likeness in the nativity scenes is a portrayal of how important his role is in today's world. Marco Ferrigno is a craftsman who builds nativity figurines. SOUNDBITE: Marco Ferrigno, saying: "Every time a major event occurs we create a new figurine and today after Obama's victory, we have made a new figurine of Obama and will put him in our ideal nativity scene." Shopkeepers joked, saying for those looking for a good bargain, big discounts would be available on figurines of Republican candidate Mitt Romney -- if they got any takers.