'''Palungan''' adalah tempat makanan [[hewan]]. Istilah ini juga digunakan untuk menggambarkan suasana kelahiran [[Yesus]] di [[Betlehem]]. Dalam [[bahasa Perancis]], gambaran adegan kelahiran Yesus ini disebut ''crèche'' yang juga berarti "palungan". Di [[Italia]], disebut ''presepe''; di [[Spanyol]] dan negara-negara [[bahasa Spanyol|berbahasa Spanyol]], seperti di [[Amerika Latin]] dan [[Meksiko]], gambaran ini disebut ''Belen'' (dari [[Betlehem]], ''nacimiento'' atau ''pesebre'' (dari [[bahasa Katalan]]).
<!--Christian [[Nativity]] scenes, in two dimensions (drawings, paintings, [[icon]]s, etc.) or three (sculpture or other three-dimensional crafts), usually show Jesus in a [[manger]], [[Saint Joseph|Joseph]] and [[Mary, the mother of Jesus|Mary]] in a [[barn (building)|barn]] (or [[cave]]) intended to accommodate farm [[animal]]s. A [[donkey]] and an [[ox]] accompany them; besides the necessity of animals for a manger, this is an allusion to Isaiah: "the ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib; but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider" (Is. 1:3). The scene sometimes includes the Magi or [[Three Wise Men]], [[shepherd]]s, [[angel]]s and the [[Star of Bethlehem]]. The traditional scenes that show the shepherds and Magi together are of course not true to the Bible story, since the Magi arrived much later (Luke 2:7-16).
[[Image:Christmas crib herdsman.JPG|thumb|left|200px|Herdsman]]▼
At [[Christmas]] time these arrangements are created and displayed in Catholic (and some Protestant) homes, churches and parks.
For the Christmas season, two Nativity Scenes are put on display at the Vatican. The first is put inside the Vatican Basilica. The second, placed in the [[Piazza San Pietro]] before the [[Christmas Tree]], was made by [[Saint Vincent Pallotti]].
Although St [[Francis of Assisi]] is credited with the invention of three-dimensional Nativity Scenes, drawings and paintings existed earlier. The tradition was brought into [[Spain]] from [[Naples]] during the reign of [[Charles III of Spain]].▼
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Although St [[Francis of Assisi]] is credited with the invention of three-dimensional Nativity Scenes, drawings and paintings existed earlier. The tradition was brought into [[Spain]] from [[Naples]] during the reign of [[Charles III of Spain]].
[[Image:krippe_crib_family_w_3wisemen.JPG|thumb|250px|right|Detail from a German nativity scene, the Holy Family and the three wise men]]