HISTORY OF THE CHRISTMAS CRECHEOne of the most beautiful Christmas traditions is setting up a creche during the Advent season.
We have had this creche since our children were babies.
The word creche is from the French word for manger. The French word comes from the Italian word Greccio. Greccio was the town where the first manger scene was set up by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223, some say as an alternative for pilgrims wanting to go to Bethlehem, which was then occupied by the Turks.
St. Francis wanted people to remember that Jesus was born in a humble stable.
And they will call him Immanuel – which means, God with us. Matthew 1:23