We gave the book to one of our children as a Christmas gift last year. Yes, Christmas. Post-Gaudete Sunday. Ah, well.
What is Bambinelli Sunday? I learned about from Amy Welborn, author of "Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing." As described on the back of the book:
Each year, on the Third Sunday of Advent, children gather with their families in St. Peter's Square for "Bambinelli Sunday." The children bring with them figures of the Christ Child - the "Bambinelli" - from their family's Nativity scene, or presepe. During the noontime Angelus prayer, the pope blesses the children and the figurines they have brought.The book weaves together the description of Bambinelli Sunday and the story of a young Italian boy who will be participating in it. It's a nice story. And I tear up at the end. If you tear up at stories like "The Velveteen Rabbit" or "Charlotte's Web," it will touch you like that. Not cloyingly sentimental, but touchingly sweet. Just how I like things!
I'm not aware of any Bambinelli Sunday celebrations in my area. However, I have a handful of budding sculptors in my home, so they may make baby Jesus figurines just for the mantle/under the tree/for the bookshelf. Almost a full week to get that done!