As Advent begins, families are assembling their Christmas Nativity scene to be displayed in the home during the Advent and Christmas seasons. Someone will be dispatched to fetch the boxes of Christmas decorations and sort out the tangled array of lights, ornaments and figures to be arranged. Many households have long-standing customs about how things should be positioned.
Some families may tussle over what figure should go where and when. In many homes the image of the baby Jesus is kept out of the Christmas creche until the appointed day. Other families prefer to complete the manger setting with the divine child from the moment the house is prepared for the festive holy days.