The Nativity, or crèche, is one of my family’s favorite Christmas symbols. Introduced to Europe in 1223 by St. Francis of Assisi, who wanted to emphasize Jesus Christ’s birth at Christmastime by reenacting the event with humans and animals, the Nativity has become an iconic part of the Yuletide. Nativities can be both live or inanimate with pieces in all shapes and sizes.
My family loves to collect Nativity scenes from around the world. Each one is unique with cultural influences from the places where they were made.
Here’s a wooden one from Africa.
This one is a ceramic set made in China and bought at a store in the United States.
This is a ceramic Nativity from Peru in South America.
This set was made of cloth, metal, and twine in Zambia, a country in southern Africa.
Here’s a porcelain Nativity with Thai figurines from Thailand.
Although each set it different, they all symbolize Christ’s birth, and that has special meaning to our family on Christmas.
Have a blessed Christmas! May it bring you peace and joy.
M.G. Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the mystery, thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures. He is author of Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, a non-fiction account of his attempt to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and a collection of short stories called Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories. His books are available as an e-book and in print on Amazon.com and other booksellers. He lives in Bangkok, Thailand with his wife Jing and son Alex.
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