Crèche Show 2019



You are invited to share your crèche(s) with us during our Crèche Show.  Simply click on the Crèche Show Entry Form to download all you'll need to enter your crèche.

Should you have time to be involved with the Show, please click on the Crèche Show Helper Form.  Once received, we will be in touch with you.

Thank you for your interest and your help in sharing the Birth of Christ with the community.


Crèche Show Helper Form - PDF

Crèche Show Entry Form - PDF



Why Do We Display Nativity Scenes?

According to tradition, display of the Nativty scene was begun in 1223 in Greccio, Italy, by St. Francis of Assisi.  The first crèche consisted solely of a manger filled with hay, an ox, and a donkey because St. Francis wanted people to see first-hand what Jesus suffered at birth for lack of housing.  The faithful of Greccio gathered at the manger, lit candles, and sang songs.

During the next four centuries, the idea of the Crèche spread to churches throughout Europe.  However, it wasn't until the seventeenth century that Nativity scenes began appearing in the homes of the wealthy.  In the latter part of the nineteenth century, nativity scenes in Christian homes became a tradition for families of all economic levels.

Intimate Crèches, consisting of only a few pieces centered on the main characters, help remind us that God comes to each person and wants an intimate one-on-one relationship.  On the other hand, large Nativity scenes with many figures, some buildings, and maybe  a painted backdrop, remind us that Jesus came to call everyone, not just a few.

Regardless of how we observe the tradition of displaying Crèches, the purpose--celebrating God's coming to us--remains the same.