In 2016, The Tucson Museum of Art exhibited the largest and longest-running Nacimiento in Southern Arizona. The Nacimiento is a traditional Mexican nativity scene, an artistic expression originating in Colonial Mexico.
As the Museum explained:
“In an intricate arrangement of hundreds of miniature figures, it combines the symbolism of the Spanish Colonial Catholic Church with the simplicity and faith of everyday existence in rural Mexico. Some of the scenes are from the Christmas story of the Bible; others show traditional Mexican village life with an accuracy that extends even to the tiny replicas of kitchen utensils in the country dwellings.”
This particular Nacimiento was created by Maria Luisa Tena, in memory of her mother.
Christmas tree lighting in Arizona is also quite unique, and putting up lights can be a “sticky” business: