At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions
Where Christmas Begins
The collections of the University of Dayton’s Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute include thousands of Nativities from around the world that reflect a variety of customs and traditions. Depicting the story of Christ’s birth and presence, these crèches are expressions of how Christianity has shaped the culture and faith of people all over the world.
During each Christmas season, we select a new group of sets from of our large and diverse crèche collection and explore new themes shown in exhibits on campus and throughout the community. The featured exhibits, shown on three floors of UD’s Roesch library building, have become an anticipated annual event – changing every year. Exhibits are unveiled and activities begin the Saturday after Thanksgiving during our popular open house event. Designed for all ages and featuring many activities for children, this day has become a Thanksgiving tradition for families. After the turkey has been eaten and the Friday shopping has been completed, this event is a perfect ending to Thanksgiving and beginning of the Christmas season.