One Italian Christmas tradition is the Creche which is a Nativity Set. The most beautiful Creche Displays are put in churches where people go to see them. Each year the churches have a test to see which one is the best. The yule log is another tradition in Italy. The yule log must stay on fire until new year's day. Legend has it that the yule log burns away evil of the past year. The legend also says that when everyone is away at midnight mass that Mary comes and warms her new born child by the fire.