A Christmas nativity set is not just a decoration—it’s a representation of one of Christianity’s most celebrated stories.
The Nativity scene tradition originated with St. Francis of Assisi in the year 1223 on Christmas Eve. A nativity scene, also called a crib, crèche, or manger scene, refers to any depiction of the birthplace of Jesus.
The story begins with Mary and Joseph, who had been instructed by an angel to travel from their home in Nazareth to Bethlehem for a census. There, they discovered that no rooms were available for them at any inns or hostels, and therefore gave birth to Jesus in a stable. An angel then appeared to shepherds near Bethlehem telling them that a new baby boy had been born, and they will name him 'Jesus' because he will save his people from their sins. In another part of town, three wise men were invited by a star over Bethlehem to come and visit these newborn twins. They traveled from afar bearing gifts for baby Jesus: gold, frankincense and myrrh. The shepherds visited first then later on came wise men.