The purpose of displaying the nativity scene as part of your Christmas decoration is to remember the humble origin of Christ and what Christmas celebration ultimately is about. The holiday season is of course an occasion where the family members and friends get to get together and meet all their kith and kin and have a nice and merry time together. But Christmas is also first and foremost a religious celebration and the Christmas nativity sets help remind people of all the good things that the religion teaches us and that Christ begged us to pursue. It is to remind people of the virtues of charity, and kindness, and humility, and faith.
The nativity scene portrays the birth of the child Christ. There can be many variations on how a nativity scene will be arranged. The smallest of these scenes will feature the baby Jesus, mother Mary, and father Joseph, and one or two animals, such as an ox or a sheep. The small scenes can be placed indoor on a table. Generally a burn, cave, or a stable structure will be prepared to house the scene. However, many may prefer to create larger nativity scenes.
These scenes will have a crib with child Jesus on it, Mary, Joseph, a number of different animals as well as the three wise men of Magi, the stars and the angels. These large scenes are generally placed outside the house in the garden or patio area or in front of one’s home. Generally three-dimensional figurines are used to create these nativity sets. However, one can also prepare a nativity scene through a two-dimensional picture portraying the story of the Christbirth. It is not after all how elaborate it is, but that you choose to represent the true spirit of Christmas, which is important.
According to legend, St. Francis of Assisi was the first to create a nativity scene in the occasion of Christmas. That was way back in 13th century. The modern crib-style scene was first used in the year of 1562 by the Jesuits of Prague. Many church or religious groups also present nativity plays on the occasion of Christmas. These plays will enact the story of Christ’s birth when Mary gave birth to child Jesus in a burn or a stable as Joseph and Mary found no room available for childbirth at the fateful hour.
A nativity scene can be crafted from many different materials. One can make use of large or small plastic decorations and light the figures from inside. These plastic decorations can be placed indoor or outside in the lawn. One can also use figurines made of stone, glass, or crystal, or even of paper, felt, or modeling clay. These days, one can also buy entire Christmas nativity sets from local Christmas decoration stores. One can choose from many different kinds of nativity sets. Alternatively, one can look for these sets online. eBay and many online retailers offer a great variety of nativity decorations at attractive prices. However, it goes without saying that crafting your own nativity scene, ideally with the help of other members and children of your family, can offer you a joy that no readymade set can!