Did you know that the tradition of the Nativity Scene gets its roots from the 1300's? Its original birth place was created by St. Francis of Assisi. Concerned that the meaning of Christmas was moving away from the birth of Christ towards the commercialism of giving gifts, the St created the worlds first Nativity Scene in a cave near Greccio, Italy. It was a living nativity scene.
The history of the Nativity Set takes its origins from the Churches at the time. These sets were often made of Terracotta, and were displayed in churches year round. Sometime in the 1500's, the beautiful crafts moved from being an exclusive of the Church, to being found in the homes of wealthier citizens.
Today, these Nativity Sets can be found in every Christin Country in the world, and are made from more than just primitive materials. They range from simple to extravagant and are made from different materials like porcelain, precious metals, ceramic, and sometimes carved out of wood.
In honor of this beautiful tradition, the Ephraim Co-Op has organized a display of Nativity Sets for everyone to come and see! The goal of this display is to offer a beautiful and unique way to bring the meaning of Christmas back to the holiday by firstly, requesting that anyone who wishes to attend bring a can or two of food to donate to the Food Bank, and secondly, providing a visual reminder of what Christmas is truly about. It's a beautiful and fun event for families of all sizes, in every stage of life, and we encourage everyone to come and enjoy the beautiful scenes we have set up this year.
But for those who simply can't make it out to visit us, we have a few photos of the sets here for you to view. Enjoy!