Where should the manger be placed in church during the Christmas Season?

If the manger is set up in the church, it must not be placed in the sanctuary area. A place should be chosen that is suitable for prayer and devotion and is easily accessible by the faithful. {Book of Blessings, p. 583} Nothing on the sanctuary area should distract the people from the action of transformation taking place on the altar. The manger, to which children can be brought to see and touch, is a profound way for parents to catechize them.