Today is about nativities. I know not everyone puts one up. I know further that mothers and grandmothers who put up very old or very fragile ones don't want little hands touching and breaking.
Here are a couple of links to ones that can be handled and not broken. They can also be easily washed when they become soiled. Make sure to put them into a lingerie bag to prevent snags.
Nativity #1 This is crochet. This pattern is from Red Heart.
knitted-nativity-scene You have to be a member (free to sign up) to access this pattern.
knit nativity #2 This uses Panda Disco yarn. This yarn is not available in US that I have found, it's Austrailian. An equivalent would be Caron International Simply Soft. The Panda Disco is a sport/DK weight. This pattern is worked at a gauge of 26 sts and 36 rows to 4 inches.
For any of these you want a fairly firm fabric so the fiber fil doesn't show through. Once you have the figures made, you can embellish as you wish. That's half the fun.