A Society Dedicated to the Christmas Nativity

Tarahumara Nativity

The Tarahumara are a Native American people of northern Mexico who are renowned for there long-distant running ability. With minimal or no footwear they can run up to 200 miles over a period of two days. With the arrival of Spanish explores (16th century), they retreated to the high sierras - Copper Canyon.  The figures are dressed in Tarahumara-style clothing.

April Romo Nativity

April Romo De Vivar is a well-known Native American Artist. She works with clay. She has a nativity scene on display in the permanent art collection of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. This Mother and Child is made to sit on a shelf.  It is 8” tall. 

Kenya Maasai Nativity

Carved of wood, this African Maasai Tribe nativity are dressed in the appropriate Maasai Tribal attire. These Kenyan tribal people are especially fond of wearing the color red and the women also love wearing lots of jewelry. This majestic scene measures 2-1/2 feet tall.


Displayed at 2016 Annual FOTC Convention at Mepkin Abbey, South Carolina.

South Korea

Carved By Lee Young Jong

South Korea, Mr. Lee Young-jong, through Harubang Gift Co.  The woodcarving craftsmen who had led the business in the 1970’s, according to Lee, were himself, Lee Kwang-young and Kim Boo-ho.  When the market dropped, Lee Kwang-young and Kim Boo-ho turned to farming.  Mr. Lee continued to work with the wood.

Mr. Lee uses knives to carve then uses watercolor mixed with alcohol for color, then dips the piece in hot melted candle wax, and finally uses shoe polish for gloss.  The nativity set is carved with a Korean king (with the flat topped hat), a lady dressed in a hanbok, and praying men all dressed in traditional Korean outfits, with a Korean-style hut.  The hut is 9” tall.

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World Congress 2016

Were you aware that Friends of the Creche in USA and Canada are members of a wider range of collectors, world wide. Every four years, the members get together for a World Congress. This year, the World Congress was in Bergamo, Italy and attended by 3 local members (President Sydne and 2 others). The World…

Upcoming Annual Meeting in 2018

Upcoming Annual meeting in 2018 will be held in Dayton, Ohio. More information to follow after the 2017 convention at Bethlehem Pennsylvania.

Austin Nativity Show

Helen Holder says: If you are traveling through MN on I90, stop by Austin. I have my 850 nativities on display until mid January. Call 507-433-2643

Brochure and Membership Application

Brochure and Membership Application


2017 FOTC Convention
Date: Oct 27 and 28, 2017

Pre tour conventions on
October 25th and 26th
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

2017 Registration form for Bethlehem Convention

Look for more information in the Winter Edition of Creche Herald.