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The Christmas nativity scene comes to life in a small miniature theater, evoking the magic of the nativity. Finely cut figurines represent the Holy Family, surrounded by animals and shepherds in a setting illuminated by warm lights. In a baroque spirit, this intimate scene captures the sacred spirit of Christmas and the nativity.


Artist: Helen Bourch


This article is composed of the Pompadour Theater and nine elements of the decor: Jesus, Maris, Joseph but also the elements of the home, the donkey, the ox and the sheep...


An old but very living tradition:

The nativity scene, a major symbol of Christmas, depicts the birth of Jesus. Its origin dates back to the 12th century, when it emerged following the rediscovery of the stories of Jesus' childhood by theologians. Inspired by the Gospel of Saint Luke, it represents the stable in Bethlehem where Mary and Joseph took refuge due to lack of space in an inn. The term “crib” derives from the Latin “criperia”, meaning “manger”. Francis of Assisi popularized this tradition in 1223 with a living nativity scene in Greccio, Italy. Later, the Jesuits introduced scale models into Eastern European churches, contributing to its spread across the continent.


The art and tradition of the Christmas nativity scene holds a central place in Christianity, depicting the nativity of the baby Jesus. This artistic form has developed over the centuries, demonstrating creativity and cultural diversity; artisans crafting figurines in wood, paper or even clay like the santons of Provence for generations. They depict stables and sometimes fabulous landscapes of Judea. The nativity scene, a universal symbol of divine humility, unites Christians in anticipation of the birth of Christ.


Today a universal tradition?

The Christmas crib, formerly reserved for churches and Christian homes, has experienced cultural democratization. Having become an emblematic element of the end-of-year celebrations, it now transcends religious borders. Present in public spaces, shop windows and decorations, it embodies conviviality and celebration, thus becoming a symbol shared beyond beliefs. This democratization reflects the richness of cultural diversity and highlights how the tradition of the Christmas nativity scene has been harmoniously integrated into the overall cultural fabric of winter festivities.


Christmas crib

  • “Crèche” theater including a set of 10 decorative elements:

    • Mary, Joseph and the Child Jesus,
    • The donkey and the ox, accompanied by the decoration of the stable,
    • The angels and the star of Bethlehem.


    H: 170mm D: 115mm L: 150mm

    Weight :



    Made in France

    Non-contractual photo


    This product is not a toy and is not suitable for children under 14 years of age.

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