Nativity sets are another thing that I collect besides teapots. My sister has a much larger collection than I have but it is something that we share in common. I love the variety and am always drawn to them when I see them displayed in homes or in stores.
One year at our church I organized a Nativity Show of sorts. Folks brought in their favorites from their collections or from their stash of decorations and wrote up a little bit about their set. It was really a fun event and even if the attendance was less than I had hoped I think the ones that stopped by enjoyed seeing such a myriad of nativities.
A couple years ago I wrote about my favorite set from my collection. It is imperfect at best but it is the one that I grew up with and sometime a long, long time ago my Daddy asked me if I wanted it for my home. Of course I did. You can read the story behind this special one by clicking here.
I realized this year that I might have found the perfect place for my second favorite nativity set. It is one that came from Chris’s dad’s home and he treasured it. He bought it after Christmas deeply discounted from a local garden and decor shop and he was really proud of it. I was so happy when we were able to take it home with us after his death and have displayed proudly each year. But this year I think I found the perfect place for it. On the mantel above the fireplace.
I love the delicate detailing and the facial expressions on the faces of both the people and the animals.
Do you have a favorite nativity that you put out year after year? Is it old? Is it new? Does it have some sentimental value? I would love to read about it in the comments section. Remember that each comment made on any blog post during December means a 50 cent donation to CRASH — you can read more about that by clicking here.