The "once a year and then forgotten " aspect of Nativity figures means that their condition can deteriorate almost without our noticing. They suffer from being "Out of sight, out of mind."
Because of their decorative nature, they do need careful handling and storage. It is best to avoid storing in damp conditions as this will weaken the plaster and internal supports.
Extending the display life of ornamental crib statues...
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