The Dando nativity scene reminds me of a centerpiece I did for a bridal shower. I used a large silver platter and covered it with green moss. The moss, courtesy of a floral supplier, looked as if it had come out of our garden, but it had been sterilized so no worms would appear. I put assorted courtship groups and other figures on the moss and tucked tiny daisies in random places. And I put flowers in little florists tubes in all the spill holders. The result: a magical glimpse of the past. No centerpiece could have been more charming or more unique.
So if you find yourself with nothing to do--or if you need an impressive and inexpensive (assuming you have the figures!) centerpiece--go ahead and play with your pottery. Seriously, don't tuck your figures in closed cabinets. Put them where the light can shine on them and you can see them and enjoy them. Maximize your pleasure. It's all part of enjoying life.