Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Nativity Collection

This is Merrillee, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. I love to decorate for Christmas, and one of the things I like to display is my collection of Nativity sets. I would have collected more, but when we moved to Florida, we downsized our house, and I just didn't have room to keep them all or display them.

When my husband and I got married, we started out with this very simple Nativity set.

After a few years, I hoped to get a really nice set, but I was unwilling to spend the money. On the day after Christmas one year, my sweet husband found one during the after-Christmas sale at a local card shop. He added the angels a number of years later. Here it is.

Over the years, I began to look for unique or different Nativity sets and try to buy them during the after Christmas sales. Then people started giving them to me as gifts. Finally, I had to ask people to stop because I didn't have room for them anymore. Here are a few more of the sets that I put out each year.

Do you have any special Christmas decorations that you put out each year? Tell us about them.

Also, I hope you will read the upcoming Christmas story written over several days by some of the Craftie Ladies bloggers.



Kim Watters said...

HI Merrille. I love your collection. I have four nativity sets, and some nutcrackers, but I love to collect ornaments. I try and get them from every place I go. Pulling them out to hang on the Christmas tree is a trip down memory lane.

Julie Hilton Steele said...

I collect nativities as well. The biggest one is the Fontanini set that I have been adding to since I was first married thirty years ago. Each year, my daughter and I pick out a new figure, building or accessory. It is so big, it now takes the buffet and hutch in our dining room to display.

My grandchildren are getting a Fisher Price nativity for Christmas from my daughter so they can have the tradition. There is also a Playmobile nativity for children four years old and up!

Peace, Julie

PamelaTracy said...

I have one good size Nativity set. I hated putting it away after Christmas, so I display it all year.

PamelaTracy said...

I'd love to see a picture of the Fontanini set.
And, I'll have to look for the Playmobile set for my five year old.

Julie Hilton Steele said...

Pamela, you are in luck. It was featured on Cheryl St. John's blog as part of this year's Christmas tree tour.


Even she only had room to show half of it!

Peace, Julie

Terri Reed said...

What wonderful pictures! Thank you for sharing.

Merrillee said...

I'm gload to learn that others also collect nativities. I'm going to look for the nativity for kids. I haven't seen those before. When we were on vacation somewhere (can't remember where) I saw a life-size Fontanini nativity. It was right after I first started collecting them. I still think about that and wonder where I could possibly put it. :)

Julie, thanks for sharing the link.

Lee Smith said...

Thanks for sharing your collections. I'm like Pamela, I leave my Nativity out all year. I thought maybe it would help me "capture" the Christmas spirit and remember what it was all about. I also keep out a special "box" that has items to help tell the Easter story.

Have a wonderful Christmas.

Tori Scott said...

Merrillee, I had that exact same nativity set (the first one) when Tony and I were first married. I think I finally tossed it out last year, though it might still be in the garage. (I get sentimental about stuff and can't toss it, even if I can't use it anymore.)

Love the collection.

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Missy Tippens said...

Merrillee, your first one is just like the one I grew up with!! I loved seeing it. :)

I always use many of the ornaments my kids made from pre-school on up. They're getting pretty rag-tag! :)

Leann said...

The ornaments I have that I treasure are the ones my kids made in kindergarten. Probably 30 years old, but they are the best.

SHANNON said...

I love the Nativity collection. I have a special one I have had for years that I display every year. Sometimes I even leave it up all year. I don't collect them, but I like to look everywhere I go to see the different ones that our displayed. Thanks so much for sharing yours with us!

Sarah LaClaire said...

That's really cool! I keep forgeting about the after-Christmas sales (although I'm pretty sure that's how we got our nativity costumes for children). I'd love to see some of your other sets!