Christmas Crèche Exhibit Unique Nativities

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Artisans in South Africa recycled soda cans to create this nativity.

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A crèche from Italy with 1,000 pieces recreates an entire Bethlehem village scene.

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A carved nativity from China features unique figures, animals, and trees, including a water buffalo instead of a donkey and an angel mounted on the manger with a pair of chopsticks.

To learn more, including when you can see this year's exhibit, visit christmascreche.org.


Christmas Crèche Exhibit Unique Nativities

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A statuesque Holy Family from Africa made from brightly painted clay.

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The French tradition of “Santon” (or “little saints) started in the 18th century during the French Revolution, when nativities were prohibited. To keep the Nativity story alive, Christians substituted wise men and shepherds with fellow villagers. For example, a baker with a loaf of bread, a lace maker, or a woodcutter.

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One-piece Polish nativities each carved from a tree stump.

To learn more, including when you can see this year's exhibit, visit christmascreche.org.


Christmas Crèche Exhibit Unique Nativities

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This four-foot-tall carving of Mary holding Jesus comes from a 17th-century church with a pair of Madonnas from Latin America.

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An exhibitor shares her family’s nativity, featuring figures, plants, and birds from her native El Salvador.

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European folk nativities crafted from corn husk.

To learn more, including when you can see this year's exhibit, visit christmascreche.org.