Thursday, December 6, 2007

Nativity Scenes

December 7 - Christmas Grab Bag – Christmas Crèches or nativity scenes

This is a reporting of both Christmas past and present. Christmas Crèches or Nativity Scenes or Nacimientos remind the viewer of why we celebrate Christmas. They can be of all shapes and sizes and from a variety of materials. Some are 2d and others are 3d. St. Francis of Assis is given credit for the beginning of the 3d nativity scenes. Some large ones are displayed out of doors.

I still have the nativity scene that is enclosed in a cardboard casing and part of the tableau folds down to show the scene. It was put up every Christmas when I was a child. This year I have chosen to highlight others that I have.

I have a minature white Crèche that my mom bought for me to have in my bedroom in my early adult years. It is only about 6 inches wide.

A co-worker gave me this minature scene that can be lit with a tea light. This photo has a LED tea light to highlight the figures.

My parents and I took a trip to Mexico in 1988. My mother purchased this nativity scene. The angels are added to the scene.

My most recent addition came from Guatemala. The main pieces are carved from wood. The scene includes village people on their way to visit Jesus as well as the magi travelling a great distance. The two angels are from my Christmas tree ornaments.

These nativity scenes are a very important part of my Christmas decorations in my home.

This posting is part of the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories hosted by Thomas MacEntee


  1. A very nice collection. My creche was a gift from my mother the 1st Christmas that I had my own home. I also have a small collection of ornaments that depict the nativity.

  2. Apple, what a great gift from your mother for your new home.

    I am amazed at the variety of ways the nativity has been depicted.

  3. Those are great! I'm so glad that some folks still know the Reason for the season!

  4. Lori
    All the events during the Christmas season are fun and it is a great opportunity to be with family and friends but it is important to remember why we have Christmas.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.


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