While Christmas traditions vary widely from country to country, there is one small tradition that you'll see almost anywhere in the world the birth of the Savior is celebrated: the Nativity.
Below, we've compiled some of our favorite nativities, inspired by other countries—all made from unique materials, with unique cultural perspectives on that sacred and silent night.
This adorable nativity highlights the native animals and dress in the arctic.
The inspiration for this beautiful hand-carved wood nativity came from Cambodia.
This breathtaking nativity was inspired by the weathered surfaces of stone found in cities such as Vienna and Prague.
This Estonian-themed felt nativity is absolutely adorable!
Made with beautifully detailed metal, this nativity was inspired by Indian culture.
This handmade, hand-painted nativity beautifully illustrates Japanese culture.
This nativity is made of beautiful soapstone and is inspired by Kenyan culture.
Made with felt, this vibrant and colorful nativity is a perfect reminder of Kyrgyzstan.
This beautiful Peruvian nativity perfectly highlights the traditional dress of Peru's citizens.
This beautiful one-piece nativity is carved out of Jacaranda wood and reflects Rwandan culture.
Your family will love this adorable South American-style nativity set.
This soft, comforting nativity is made entirely of felt.
Enjoy this vibrant nativity designed to highlight Uganda's vibrant culture.
This popular nativity was inspired by the work of LDS painter Greg Olsen.
Just for fun:
Though not as exotic as world-themed nativities, there are a few more unique, stunning, and fun Nativity sets that we thought you shouldn't miss!
The ideal size for little hands, this nativity set is the perfect introduction to the story of the birth of Christ for young children.
The beautiful new Let Us Adore Him nativity set captures the intimate moment between Christ and those who surrounded His manger.
This whimsical nativity shows the beauty of children participating in a nativity scene honoring their Savior.
The words of the classic hymn "Silent Night" are artfully engraved on the figurines of this nativity set, reminding us of the peace of that first Christmas night.
If you are looking for a different way to display the Nativity, consider this beautiful handmade bowl depicting the angels proclaiming Jesus's birth.
Share the gift of Christmas with your family with the book A Rare Nativity. There is nothing quite like curling up by the fireplace and reading a touching book about the Savior's birth.
Couldn't find the perfect nativity for your collection? You can browse Deseret Book's entire collection of nativities here.