I like the holidays as much as anyone, but for the last several years I’ve enjoyed keeping the associated decor simple. From my still sizeable array of Christmas goodies, something different is brought out each year, and I delight in choosing what to feature. This time the focus is on nativities which are among my favorite things.
Our mantel is barely more than an architectural detail, but it proved to be just right for arranging a good part of the collection.
As each one went to its place, I took a moment to recall its story.
In the days when I participated in holiday shows I always had my eye open for a new nativity to add to a growing collection so many of them came from other vendors.
I particularly liked finding sets from another country that likely had been handmade.
This was the very first nativity I bought so it is years old. I laughed at the chewed wooden legs remembering our first dog. What a character he was and he left behind much evidence of his presence!
Flat surfaces are not abundant in our house, but there are enough to have a nativity on every one.
As each one came out of its box, I began to see a common thread.
Most are handmade and tend toward folk art.
The last to find a place is my favorite. I found these pieces a couple of years ago when we took a boat trip from Maine to Nova Scotia. I was blown away by their detail and the wonderful use of color. No matter where or how the set is displayed, it tells a wonderful story and I am so grateful to the hands that created it.
So there you have most of my holiday decorating and by keeping it simple, each and every one of these nativities invites a look.
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