By Cara Johnson

Creche, is a French word that refers to a tableau or model of the scene of Jesus’ birth that is displayed in homes or public places.  More specifically, it centers on the baby Jesus in the manger. Today, we lovingly refer to it as a nativity.  

    Elizabeth Anne (Betsy) Christensen, inspired by a handcrafted nativity she had purchased in Switzerland as a gift for her mother, organized the first crèche exhibit in 1983 in Ann Arbor, Michigan with 67 nativities on display for the public to enjoy.  The tradition carried on for 25 years, with community members’ contributions, and grew to over 1,000 displays from all over the world.

    Danielle Reese, a resident of Weiser, Idaho, wanting to start such a tradition, is heading up the first Community Christmas Creche Exhibit in our area.  The exhibit will be held Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 300 E. Main Street, Weiser, Idaho 83672.  Admission is free.

    You are invited to display your nativity at the event, take in each unique crèche, enjoy community concerts, and refreshments.  For additional information and how to have your nativity part of the exhibit, see

    Join us for a peaceful, quiet, spiritual experience this season by taking the time to visit the Christmas Creche Exhibit.  You’ll find it’s a perfect way to bring the spirit of Christmas into your heart.