Published: 17-03-2010, 17:13

Nativity Scene

Nativity Scene: Origins

Early Nativity Scenes

Nativity Scene: Southern Europe

Nativity Scene: Latin America

Nativity Scene: Central Europe

Nativity Scene: The United States

Against the backdrop of a stable complete with straw and farm ani-mals, figurines representing Mary and Joseph peer with wonder into the cradle where the newborn Jesus lies. Dolls representing the Three Kings, or Magi, approach with gifts, while shepherds kneel in adoration of the child. This recreation of the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth is called a Nativity scene. Placed in churches, homes, or outdoor locations, Nativity scenes enhance worship or simply delight onlookers with beautiful representations of Christ’s birth.