“A Child is born to us, a son is given to us” so prophesied Isaiah as he gazed into the future from afar, consoling Israel amid its trials and darkness.
For centuries, the fulfilment of that prophecy has been depicted in homes and Churches around the world, in the Christmas Crib or Nativity scene.
This tradition began in 1223, in the Italian town of Greccio, where Saint Francis of Assisi, with the help of a local landowner, brought into the hearts and minds of the people, that first Christmas night. He did this in order to help them better understand the poor surroundings in which Jesus was born and to make the wondrous event of the Incarnation more real to them. The people came with candles and torches to attend Holy Mass by the crib and seeing the scene were reminded of God’s love for us in sending His only son to be born in the poverty of a manger.
794 years later, the tradition continues and each Christmas we see again the Child born to save mankind.
We would like to help you keep this age-old tradition alive by offering a selection of beautiful nativities that will bring Christ to your minds, hearts and homes this Christmas.