The opposite extreme is seen in this mantlepiece arrangement that was in one of the common areas of the house in which three of us stayed during the long retreat in Sevenhill, South Australia. I like the lines and the extreme simplicity. No magi, shepherds, donkeys or anything else. The lack of facial detail recalls Amish dolls that have no facial features at all.
The creche below was at the retreat house and former novitiate in Changhwa. We stopped there to borrow a car on the way to Sun Moon Lake, one of my favorite places on earth. I would move to Taiwan in a heartbeat. Despite the heat. And humidity.
And finally the best creche photo I will ever take. I posted a version two or so years ago. I was walking to the bus stop with another Jesuit who had invited me to dinner with the SJ community at Fu-jen Catholic University. I had the camera with me. No, I don't use a cell phone. This was an Olympus E-510. I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw the dog sound asleep among the rather large figures of the creche. It never moved despite the multiple photos, several taken with flash. I think Pope Francis would approve. It is one of my favorite photos.
May the joy of Christ's Birth reign in your hearts this day.