Home Features Calendar - Advent Thursday of the First Week of Advent Who created manger scenes? By The Editors December 4, 2008 Return to the Advent calendar. Advent Fast Fact St. Francis often gets credit for creating the Nativity scene. However, his scenes were live ones—with real animals, real straw and a real trough. Modest Nativity scenes include, at minimum, a manger—sometimes known as a crèche or crib—which was a feeding trough for animals. (Some say this is so because Jesus came to offer himself as food for all creation.) Home nativity scenes usually have little figurines and can fit on a mantelpiece with relative ease. Some people choose to put them under their Christmas tree to symbolize God’s gift to all of us in the birth of Jesus. Amazingly, many pet owners report that, each Christmas, their dog always sits right near a manger on the ground, or their cat climbs way up onto the mantel to sit by a manger there. Today’s Prize is: Halo Store Grab Bag — Choose any book, DVD, or CD from our Halo Store (May include: Googling God, Mary and Me, Beautiful Mess (Bill McGarvey CD), Yoga Prayer DVD, or Isaac Hecker: An American Saint or Magnificat Christmas Season prayer books. This day’s contest is over. The winner was: Nicole B. of New York, NY If you enter our drawing using the form below, your entry will be added to the drawing for whatever prize is being offered on the calendar day it was received. To win today’s prize: Give us your name and email address along with the email address of one friend you’d like to introduce to BustedHalo.com® using the form below by 3 a.m. EST tonight. (We will, in turn, send them one email asking them to register for our Busted Halo® weekly email updates. We do not SPAM people nor do we share our email lists with any third parties. Read contest rules here.) Return to the Advent calendar.