We already have threads about Christmas trees and Christmas mantels so I thought we might also have one about nativity scenes. Please post your nativity scene if you have one.
Here's mine which is really too large for this small sideboard so there is no space for anything else. I often put it on my large sideboard but wanted a change this year. I'd love to use straw at the base of the stable but my cats would eat it so I've used faux cedar.
"I have always had an aversion to the concepts of in style and out of style." ~Rose Tarlow
Love all these-thanks for starting this thread. and the response. They are all so lovely. I shall post my small collection of nativitys. I have since taking the photo added more candles, and cards on the shutters. Still tweeking it, and if anyone has any ideas about displaying them will appreciate it. May find more at after Christmas sales for next year. I just gotta have some kind of collection going.
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This nativity belonged to my aunt. Since the only surface in my living room large enough to hold it is a drop down desk, I had to create a backdrop (similar to a stage backdrop.) Took this pic last year but these folks haven't aged so I guess it is OK to use the photo.This message has been edited. Last edited by: busyjo,
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I have enjoyed seeing all your nativity scenes. They are one of my favorite parts of Christmas.
I posted about mine last year, but here goes again.
Our nativity scene includes a plastic toy cow. When my youngest boy was little he insisted the scene needed a cow, and so his older brother placed his own toy cow in the scene so that his little brother would be happy.This message has been edited. Last edited by: cocok,
Our scene also includes some crazy eyed sheep. One day I had my children with me in a toy store and they found some plastic sheep and got all excited as they insisted that our scene needed more sheep. I was a little leery about the wild eyed look these sheep had, but gave in because the sheep were inexpensive and the children were so adamant that they were perfect for the shepherds.This message has been edited. Last edited by: cocok,
My forum manners are rusty. I should have told all of the posters how much I loved seeing their nativities and thanked them for their efforts. I had come back many times and so enjoyed each of them. I hadn't posted in a long while but decided to try.
cocok, I am so glad you posted yours for several reasons. I love that you keep the plastic animals that your children chose to add. Most would have stopped displaying them when the children were old enough to understand the "decorating" process. Leaving them validates that you value their opinion and respected that they wanted to contribute to the sacred display. Leaving them is a great parenting choice. Second, I need to thank you. It was your displaying yours in the bookcase with the curtain that inspired me. I didn't have fabric to make a curtain but did have foam core and blue paint. Like so many other choices in my home decor, a member here was my inspiration. I sincerely thank you.This message has been edited. Last edited by: busyjo,
Posts: 1530 | Location: West Virginia | Registered: Apr 23, 2004
Thanks for your kind words busyjo. The things my children added to the nativity over the years are my favorite parts, so I would never change them, even though they are a bit quirky. So much for sophistication!
And I love your night sky backdrop. It really adds a sense of place to your scene. Beautiful!
I decided to repost my last picture so it won't be too far down the thread and disconnected with the rest of my pictures. I can't imagine why it was pulled, except that I used the name of the baby in the manger. Is that a no no?
The baby in our nativity is wrapped in toilet paper swad.dling. When my youngest daughter was little she decided that the baby was cold. She got herself a piece of toilet paper and very carefully folded and crafted a swad.dling for the baby. I came upon the scene with her talking to the baby, saying, "there you go baby J****, now you will be nice and warm."
Every year, when I am packing things up, I carefully wrap tissue around the baby and his swadd.ling to preserve it.
(If the moderators post my first version of this I'll delete one or the other.)This message has been edited. Last edited by: cocok,
Gypsie Dancer, Oh how nice to have your grandmother's ceramic pieces, that is special to have in your home.
homebody, Nice miniature sets under the small tree. I love the shutters as a backdrop!
busyjo, That set fits into the disk nicely! And having pieces from family is so special this time of year.
cocok, Oh how cute you still have that cow! And the boys wanted sheep too, oh how cute! What a great idea for a Christmas card too, with the story included! I am sure everyone knows it by now, but those traditions span the time between the Holidays to link us all the way back to our first with the children remembering. The swaddling TP wrap is precious! I think they are sophisticated! There is no more pure sophistication than children's true emotions and vision, can't improve on that! Brought a tear to my eyes, such a special story!
Posts: 8575 | Location: East Space Coast, Florida zone 9B | Registered: Feb 11, 2003
Late reply re Nativity Scenes, but there are 2 that stand out in my memory.Both are from my childhood. One is of the Nativity set that my Aunt Elizibeth had. Hers was the entire viliage of Bethlahem. It was huge and when set up covered a whole wall in her apartment. She had the houses of the village, all the different people of the village, the background of the set up were the mountians that surrounded the village, a whole caravan that accompanied the 3 kings,including their slaves. The stable was in the fore frount of the scense and was surrounded by angles playing harps. Most of the peices came from Europe(sp?).((She worked for a dentist with a very rich clientel and they would bring back the figures from Europe for her. When she died, her neice donated the whole thing to a Church in Washington DC.Just as an aside, she also had the most beautifull Christmass tree filled with all the wonderfull hand blown oriniment,againe most from Europe, with a "skating rink"(a glass mirror) under the tree with all kinds of different figures skating around. Whenever we would visit her at Christmass my mother would hold her breath for fear that one of us 5 kids would break something!LOL The other one that I remember is the one that my mother had. It was really very simple, just the usual figures. But she would set it across the back of the living room where there as a set of french windows. Mom would drape the window with " angel hair"( you know that spun glass stuff that was white and sheer) and then hang an angel in each square. It was really pretty, as it looked like the angels were floating in the clouds above the stable. I have a Nativity Scene that has all Humel figures that I bought for my daughter. But she will not take it as she has 2 cats and is afraid that they may try to explor it and knock a peice off and break it. Since I no longer set up a tree and am seldom home for the holiday, I no longer even set it up. Mary