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The 20th Annual “Cheches From Around The World” exhibit will be on from 1-6 p.m. Dec. 6 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7.
The annual event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Members from the community of most of the churches in Los Alamos participate in the event…Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, United Church and Episcopal to name a few. It has been an interfaith event since its beginnings in 1994. It was started by The Relief Society organization of the LDS Church, as gifts to the community and coincides with the WinterFest week activities on the first week of December. The exhibit is open to the public and is free of charge at 1867 18th Street (off Sage and 15th Streets).
Several hundred nativity sets are featured in the exhibit. Almost all are one of a kind, many are created by local artists, or from artists selling at local arts and crafts shows throughout the area. Many are from nearby Pueblos, purchased by residents who have traveled to different parts of the world, or handcrafted by a collector.
Creches that are featured in this exhibit are the United States, Russia, Germany, Austria, Mexico, South and Central America, France, Africa, Spain, Italy and many other countries.
Creches are created in many countries and are known by various names. In Italy they are called “presepe,” in Austria “Krippen,” Russians call them “wertep” and New Mexicans call them “nacimientos.” There are other names for crèches in different cultures.
The nativity figures are made from a broad variety of materials, pottery, wood, straw, clay, papier mache, fabric, needlepoint, some are elaborately detailed and realistic, while other are stylistic and nearly abstract.
A new book by Susan Weber, of Susan’s Christmas Shop in Santa Fe, “Nativities of the World,” features several crèches that have been exhibited a the annual “Creches From Around The World Exhibit.”
Founding members of the Creche Show are Alice Mann, Carol Neal, Jerilyn Christiansen and Brenda Anderson.
Some collectors are known to cherish one crèche and other collectors have up to 1,000.
Some exhibitors at the Los Alamos exhibit who have been at the 19 previous shows are Doris Jackson, Colleen Hanlon, Christine Juveland, Jody Sheppard, Marion Pack, Sharrie Baker, Angela Baker, Lee Bussolini and Linda Hardie.
Another crèche show will also be at the Sandia Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque.