Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first nativity scene in 1223, and this was a living nativity. He used an ox, a donkey, and a feeding trough, which are still used today. Also making up the total scene are Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, and other animals such as sheep and camels. Nativity scenes may also include the shepherds, angels, or the wise men. Except for the basic three people (Jesus, Mary, and Joseph), a lot of artistic license is given, which makes for a very interesting variety.
The nativity scenes are made from wood, clay, paper mache, fabric, silver, or stone,
and can be simple and childlike or extremely ornate and elaborate.
Have a very Merry Christmas season, and I hope everyone gets a chance to just relax and enjoy it.....