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Christmas Nativity Sets

Updated on June 27, 2011

Many Christmas traditions are built around the home's holiday nativity set from the placing of baby Jesus in the manger on the day of His birth to a family reading of the story of Mary, Joseph, the shephards and the three Wise Men on Christmas day.

The tradition of placing a nativity set, or nativity creche, in the home during the Christmas season traces back to Germany in the early 1600s, although live reenactments of the nativity scene in Italy go back as far as the 13th Century.

Today's holiday nativity sets range from traditional to modern and from miniature to life-sized. Some include the shephards and three Wise Men while others stick to the basics with Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus.

The sets are available in all price ranges and designs to match your holiday decor. Start a holiday tradition in your home with a nativity set of your own.


Williraye Nativity Sets

Husband and wife team Bobbe and Jeff Schuknecht bring the feel of their rural Wisconsin farm to life in their hand-cast figurines. The result is an assortment of distinctive folk art springing from Bobbe's creative mind and Jeff's talented hands.

Availability of these Christmas nativity sets is limited, but new pieces are added each year allowing you to build onto your set each holiday season.


Willow Tree Nativity Sets

Each of Willow Tree's elegant figurines are hand-carved by artist Susan Lordi. Simplicity is at the heart of her designs that convey emotion through graceful gestures and poses. The clean lines and muted colors in her holiday nativity sets are perfect for both modern and traditional decor.

Complete sets are available to meet most budgets starting at 10, 14, 17, 19, 22 and 23 pieces. Use the individual pieces to add on to your set each year or build your own set one piece at a time.


Jim Shore Nativity Sets

With roots in South Carolina where his parents instilled in him a love of American art, artist Jim Shore brings the Christmas story to life with his amazing combination of folk art, vibrant colors and traditional themes. Shore's inspiration comes from several techniques including quilting, applique and rosemaling, and he combines these with the flat perspective of traditional folk art to create amazing pieces of sculpture.

Jim Shore nativity sets come in a range of sizes from 6-inches to 14-inches tall. For apartment-dwellers or those just short on space, he also carries a series of statues with miniature nativity scenes embedded in them.


Kurt Adler Nativity Sets

Kurt Adler's nativity sets feature resin-cast figurines in very traditional motifs and affordable prices to satisfy everybody's budgets. His line also features several nativity sets for children as well as specialty nativity sets like his Irish scene and nativity Advent calendar. 


Fontanini Nativity Sets

The House of Fontanini has been making nativity sets since 1908 when Emmanuele Fontanini set up shop in Tuscany's Bagni di Lucca. Fourth-generation Fontanini's continue to run the business, making and painting each figurine by hand in a process than can take up to two years.

Purchasing a Fontanini nativity set is an investment in an heirloom that can be handed down to family members over generations. Purchase a complete set or start with the basic Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus and add a new piece each year.


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    • lrohner profile image

      lrohner 7 years ago from USA

      @Hello hello - thanks!

      @J Sunhawk - Funny you should say that. I was just getting set to write specifically on Fontanini sets. I don't own one personally, so glad to get your input. Thanks!

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      J Sunhawk 7 years ago from South Carolina

      I inherited a Fontanini set and it is, by far, an outstanding set of artwork. It's all hand painted. The detail is incredible. You'll spend a good piece of change for a set but it's something that can be passed down in your family for generations.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      You have selected some real beautiful pieces. Thank you.