Manger in the stable of Bethlehem which held the new-born Christ, hence any representation of same. The custom of erecting cribs in churches at Christmastide goes back to c.1260, and was introduced by the Franciscans in Italy. Tradition attests the authenticity of the place of the crib now venerated at Bethlehem, where a grotto and basilica have been erected. Relics of the crib are preserved at Saint Mary Major’s, Rome.

MLA Citation

  • “crib”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 December 2010. Web. 24 January 2019. <>