The crèche Santons from Provence is famous in France. Crèche means “Nativity Scene,” and it’s also the word used for “daycare.” Before attending Maternelle, Petit Prince used to go to crèche. It’s pronounced cresh.
The notion of the crèche started with St Francis in the early 13th century in Italy. He constructed a live nativity scene in the mountains, which inspired congregations to replicate it afterwards with statues, and later, with figurines.
The crèche pieces of Santons are known for their vivid colors and attention to detail. They go beyond the typical wisemen and shepherds, and bring out the entire traditional French townsfolk in droves – milkmaids, drummer boys, glass-makers, etc.
We prepared the scene
(This reminds me of Charlie Brown’s Christmas, which the children spurn – “It’s so stupid – they just have dots for the eyes!”).