05 December 2008

Collecting Nativities

I started collecting nativities sort of by accident. My husband got my first one~it's the biggest one and my favorite. But then I received several more as gifts that are smaller and very unique and I just love them. I have bought a couple more myself, too, just because I couldn't resist:) I wanted to share them with you today. (I'm sorry that the pictures didn't turn out better. Except for the first one below, my nativities are displayed on our bookcases during Christmas and the books and photo frames don't make for great backgrounds).

Here is the one from my husband. Isn't it beautiful? A family friend painted it for me and Vince made the stable to display it in.


This one was a gift from my mother-in-law. It's made of alabaster and is so pretty.


This one is from Peru. It's totally handcrafted. The little doors on each side close up and hide what's inside the box~so cute!


This one is my tiniest one. It's from Guatemala and is made from clay and hand painted. The top of the church comes off as you can see and reveals the holy family inside. Charming!



This one is hand made in Mexico. It's very miniature and so beautiful. I love the very tiny sheep.


This one is just a whimsical one that I found and had to have!

This last one is just like one I had as a child (in fact, I bet my mom still has it packed away, but it's missing most of the scene it's been so broken). I found this in an antique mall and had to have it for sentimental reasons, you know.

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22 comments:

JanMary said...

Thanks for visiting me and my blog in N Ireland :)

I LOVE your collection of nativities, I think I have 5 myself (at the last count!).

Have a lovely weekend.

ceekay said...

Very precious nativities. I posted some today as well. Have a wonderful weekend.

Anne Fannie said...

I love all your nativities. What a great thing to collect!
Hugs, Ann

Betsy said...

These are very nice! I've always liked nativity scenes! And your new sidebar pictures are great!

Darla said...

that's a cool thing to collect. You have some very interesting ones too.

Nancy said...

Beautiful...I love that they're from all over the world, too. I should have known that would be the case!

I have one large nativity we bought when we were first married, and a small ornament one that hangs on the tree. I want to start getting some smaller ones for the kids to play with. Must start looking this year. I love nativity sets.

A Hint of Home said...

You have a wonderful collection of nativities. So special to have them from around the world.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Very nice collection!

ivoryspring said...

What a lovely collection! Thanks for sharing.

Linda C said...

What a beautiful collection! Very special!

Kari said...

Do you know I found one of the trees from the little old plastic chreche when I was getting out my decorations this year? Heaven only knows how it ended up there!

Carla said...

Beautiful! I had to replace my little plastic one, and have a nativity from Peru in a gourd (love the colors), your collection is lovely!

Catherine said...

Beautiful collection. I have a handpainted one that closely resembles the nativity that was a gift from your mother in law. It was also a gift from a friend, and is my own personal favorite.
Blessings,
Catherine

TJ said...

I love the different nativity sets! I only have one large set, that must go up high on our mantel, or the pieces would be destroyed by kids and cats.

Jan and Tom's Place said...

The Nativity Sets are gorgeous.

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What a great collection! So pretty!

Mrs. Miles said...

Oh, Oh, EVERYONE has such nice Nativities - cept me... I'm waiting for JUST THE RIGHT ONE... and have not found it yet.

I'm so glad I could come and gaze on yours, though.

Susie Homemaker said...

What a great collection...I only have one...have had it for many years and I love it...

Thanks so much for sharing all of yours...

Blessings,
Susie

quilt'n mama said...

Thanks for sharing, these are beautiful. This is my favorite time of year as we celebrate our Savior!
Blessings,
Gayly
www. quilt-n-mama.blogspot.com

Kelli said...

Your collections are wonderful...just beautiful! The whimsical one is very sweet.
~Kelli

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

Lora,
What a totally cool collection. They are ALL beautiful!
~ Kayren

shopannies said...

I love nativities and collect them as well.