I collect nativities. Its a bit of an obsession. At last count, I own well over 50 of them. Some are fancy and some are kitschy. So for my tour, I'll share just a few of them.
This is where it all began. My husband and I bought this on our very first anniversary. It is still probably my absolute favorite.
My best friend gave me this one created by an artist in Colorado Springs.
I love this "all-in-one" piece. It is by artist Karen Lawrence.
BigJoel and I picked this one up a few years ago on vacation in Mexico.
This set is particularly special. It was given to me by the teachers at the school where I was the Administrator. Even more special is that it was made by one of the teachers! She's so talented.
Joel and I bought this nativity for our 5th anniversary on a trip to Jefferson, Texas.
I've traveled to Peru several times and love this little set that portrays the Holy Family inside of a chullo hat.
This large nativity was made in Peru also, but given to me by the teachers at my school.
Another Karen Lawrence piece~I love this set!
A tiny Mexican nativity that I got in San Antonio at the Market.
My friend Kim and I actually made this set several (16, actually) years ago when ceramics and country blue were all the rage.
Yet another nativity that the teachers gave me, this one came from Haiti. I love the little "stable" in the background~its made from a coconut.
We have so many nativities, we can't keep them all indoors. This is yard art made by one of our church members.
When our oldest daughter was about 4 years old, I caught her rearranging the pieces of several sets one time. I asked her what she was doing and she replied, "I'm fixing it to where everyone [the kings, shepherds and even stable animals] can see Jesus. He's the most important part." So true, HannahKate, He is the most important part, isn't He.
Thanks for taking my little last minute tour. I hope you enjoyed it and may you remember The Most Important Part of this holiday season.