Wonder of Christmas: Crèche Collection

Editorial note: At Wonder Voyage, wonder is at the heart of everything we do. That focus doesn’t change during the holidays. This Christmas, we are celebrating wonder by sharing some stories and traditions of the holiday season.

“the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” Luke 2:6-7


My first CrècheI received my first crèche (Nativity Set) from my godmother when I was around thirteen years old. It is a beautiful hand-painted ceramic set that I have treasured throughout my life. It holds a place of honor in my home along with 24 other crèches that I have collected from around the world.

Every year, when I decorate for Christmas and unwrap those special pieces made of ceramic, clay, wood, metal, or even cornhusks, I think about the birth of Jesus. It rekindles the amazing reality that God loved us so unconditionally that He sent us His only begotten son. I remember Mary and Joseph’s courage to do what God called them to do and the reality that the birth of our Savior is celebrated around the world!

Crèches symbolize, to me, the wonder of God’s love. What’s your holiday symbol of wonder?

After a brief career teaching high school math, Susan served in a local parish as Coordinator of Children’s & Youth Ministries for over 20 years. Susan became a Wonder Voyage guide because she loves traveling and experiencing the wonder that the youth experience when exploring new locations.

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