Fifty Crèches from Around the World on Display at PHCC

by Jean Clark

It’s nearly impossible to go through December without seeing at least one nativity scene, whether it’s a set of ceramic figurines in a private home, a life-size tableau in front of a church, or a cast of actors in a children’s pageant.

Blame St. Francis of Assisi, who is credited with staging the first nativity scene in 1223. According to The Life of St. Francis of Assisi by St. Bonaventure, a Franciscan monk, St. Francis got permission from Pope Honorious III to set up a manger with hay and two live animals in a cave in the Italian village of Grecio. Within a couple of centuries of Francis’ inaugural display, nativity scenes had spread throughout Europe.

Last weekend, the Pleasant Hill Community Church, United Church of Christ displayed fifty crèches from around the world in the PH Community House. Dorothy Faunce and her team organized and arranged these symbols of the season.