Holidays are around the corner, and in Southern Arizona that means El Nacimiento, a long-standing tradition of the Mexican culture.

One of the region's largest and longest running nativity scenes, El Nacimiento is on display through the beginning of June at the Tucson Museum of Art's La Casa Cordova.

Created by Maria Luisa Tena in memory of her mother, El Nacimiento includes traditional Christmas scenes from the Bible and from traditional Mexican village life. The scenes grow each year with the addition of new pieces.

"You can't even describe it until you see it in person," says Morgan Wells, curator of education at the museum. "Culturally, it's really special, especially to Tucson, because we are so close to the border. It depicts a lot of everyday life as well as Christmas stories from the Bible."