ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
Nativities have been popular since the 13th century, when Saint Francis of Assisi staged the first nativity scene in Grecio, Italy in 1223. He arranged a manger, hay, and two live animals in the small village for all to see while he taught about "the babe of Bethlehem." Today nativity displays (also known as a Christmas Crèche) consist of live recreations as well as those made from glass, ceramics, cloth, and almost any other material available. These displays remain popular around the world. This year the Council for Interfaith Connection brings this beloved Christmas tradition home to Nashville and surrounding communities.