Nativities, also called Creche scenes, celebrate the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of Jesus and the visit of the shepherds and the three wise men.
Traditionally, the figure of baby Jesus is not added to the scene until Christmas day and the wise men are moved closer and closer to the manger scene during Epiphany, finally arriving on January 6th.
Beautiful nativities have been lovingly made throughout the years from wood, plaster of Paris, paper mache, and composition materials.
Nativity trivia: Candy
canes were inspired by shepherd's
crooks in the nativity story.