STEVENSVILLE - They come in all shapes, sizes and configurations, and for many families nativities are a central part of Christmas.
And every year they share their memories in the Bitterroot.
At the historic St. Mary’s Mission, Christmas has been a special season for generations, marking the traditions for more than 160 years.
A more recent tradition happens indoors, in the Mission’s museum and gift shop, where the first weekend every December gives people the chance to share nativity figurines that tell the story of Christ’s birth and that first Christmas Eve in a variety of depictions.
“We have nativities from, most people are from Stevensville, but we’ve gotten them from as far away as Darby and then from Florence," said Mary's Mission volunteer Peg Anderson. "So people from up and down the valley bring their nativities every year. ”
“This year we added dolls as our secondary exhibit. We have porcelain dolls. We have a Tiny Tears that goes back 65 years. We have vintage Barbies with crocheted outfits. Lots of different dolls, so…”
The Nativities and Christmas Doll Exhibit continues Saturday and Sunday at St. Mary’s Mission from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.