The Andean Christmas has taken on characteristics of its own by adding elements typical of each region. These elements are characterized by the extreme care observed in Nativity scenes, decorations put up in churches and homes, the performance of dances and plays, the cooking of typical dishes and a wide range of crafts such as Nativity scenes carved in stone, plates containing Christmas-related images and pottery or carved “mates” decorated with Easter drawings. In most Andean communities, the feast continues until the arrival of the Three Wise Men, on January 6, when gifts are traditionally offered.