Nah! No such thing.
One thing we have a lot of around our house during the Christmas season is Nativity sets. I love them so, SO much--all different kinds and styles—and I'll probably never stop collecting them. (Or maybe I should; read on, and you decide.)
For many years, the centerpiece of our Christmas decor was the most amazing oversized Nativity set, which we ordered from a Catholic church supply catalog. There are about 20 painted plaster figurines in all, and the tallest of them are about 12 to 15” in height. The camel is enormous! The first year we set this Nativity up, we didn't have a creche for it yet—because really, where would we find one big enough? So eventually my husband built one himself, out of scrap wood left over from his many carpentry projects in our NH house. We would set the whole thing up on an 8-foot long folding table behind our family room couch, and it was glorious sight to behold.
We took a photo of our boys in front of it for our 2000 Christmas card.
This will be our fifth Christmas in our VA home, and we haven't been able to put this large Nativity set out yet. There really isn't a good place to display it (good meaning safe, because we have lots of curious little people visiting us these days). The NH house was a Colonial with big rooms that had walls, and doorways that could be blocked off with baby gates; the VA house has an open floor plan and the downstairs is almost like one giant room, making it so that the grandkids can run around in a giant circle, starting from the kitchen, through the dining room, past the living room, past the family room, and back to the kitchen again...over, and over, and over. (And every time we have a family party, by the end of the festivities, they do!) That breakable Nativity would surely not survive the chaos.
But even though we haven't been able to showcase our church-worthy Nativity, we still have lots of others about the house.
Lovely Nativity scenes appear on the robes of some of the hand-carved and hand-painted Russian Santas my husband used to bring back from his trips to Moscow as an airline pilot.
|I do need to add the star, a carved olive-wood one that my husband brought back from the Holy Land; |
but I haven't located it yet!