At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions

Where Christmas Begins

Nov. 28, 2015 - Jan. 24, 2016

The Nativity of Christ is not an isolated event, but rather a union of many events and stations. This year’s festival of crèches explores these events and the stories of those who pondered and pictured the birth of Christ through different cultural lenses.

The collections of the University of Dayton’s Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute include thousands of Nativities from around the world. Depicting the story of Christ’s birth and presence, these crèches express Christianity and its influence on the culture and faith of people all over the world.

Each year, the University of Dayton Libraries presents a new selection of Nativities to display throughout the Christmas season, starting with a grand open house on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. With activities for all ages, this opening event has become a Thanksgiving tradition a perfect way to start the Christmas season.


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