The nativity scene on display beside the barn was conceived and donated by Shawky Fahel and his family. Shawky commissioned Christian Palestinians in Shepherd’s Fields in Bethlehem to carve the scene from Olive wood. The figures took 13 artisans 15 weeks to complete. The delicate carvings were then flown to Canada by Air Canada at no charge.
Displayed in its own specially constructed crèche, it is climate controlled to preserve the delicate figurines and eliminate the possibility of any wood cracking or damage.
The door to the crèche is an exact replica, and the exact size of the actual entrance door to the church of Nativity in Bethlehem. The design and size of the door kept soldiers on horseback from entering the church and doing any damage to the interior.
Come and experience the nativity scene as imagined by the Bethlehem artisans.