In many of the churches, large and small, nativity scenes will soon begin to appear.
In some of the churches, the Christ Child is not put into the manger until midnight on Christmas Eve. In this nativity scene, the babe was present from the day the display was completed.
One thing to note is the presence of a fishing boat with sails, typical of those you will see in Chioggia. If you happen to be in Venice with a bit of spare time, Chioggia is worth considering as a day trip: http://www.italyheaven.co.uk/veneto/chioggia.html