The crib, representing the manger in which the baby Jesus Christ was laid after his birth in a stable in Bethlehem, has become a favorite Christmas decoration. It has been used for centuries to bring to life the story of Christmas.
Francis of Assisi, who was renowned for his love of animals, instituted the custom of the nativity scene. After receiving permission from the Pope, he erected the first one during the Christmas of 1224 in a cave outside the town of Greccio in Italy. It was not a hand crafted or modren type of crib but a live scene. When people gathered to watch the spectacle. Francis stood in front of the manger and would recite the Gospel relating to the scene; then he would deliver a sermon.
The snow globe nativity scene above is the only one we'll have this year, normally we have a little white china one, but last year I found that somewhere, somtime, somehow, the little baby Jesus that usually lays in the crib has gone missing. Can't blame him really can we, 2,000 years of laying round in a crib every Christmas must get pretty boring, I guess he flew the coop. Seriously, it was my Grandmothers and I ended up with it a'few years back now, I will have to search for him this year, but right now the snow globe is the best we have, I feel rather slack after realising that, oh well.