I am posting this on the evening of the 20th, although the blog carnival will start at midnight.
As a christian, Christmas is about so much more than presents, christmas lights and roast turkey, and nativity sets are a great way to remember what the season is really all about.
I bought my first nativity set about 11 years ago, and most years since have managed to find a new nativity scene to add to the collection.
We bought it in Selfridges, London, and I love that it is child-proof so kids can play with all the characters, and everything fits inside the stable.
This little ornament has just Mary, Joseph and the donkey.
This set is probably the family favourite – I love the look of amazement on the shepherd’s face.
This candle nativity has more of a northern european feel to it, with a blond Mary and snow on the roof.
More muted colours in this set.
This is the only one I did not buy myself – my parents bought it in Vienna, Austria. It is an Advent Candle with the nativity which rotates when the candles are lit. My son called it the Jesus helicopter, which I love! I learnt last year through my blog that this is called a Christmas Pyramid in Austria.
This set looks like they are made of modelling clay, and I put them on a mini tree of their own this year, as they tend to get “lost” on a bigger tree.
Finally, I added this wee one to the collection this year – I bought it at an Outlet Shopping Centre – you never quite know where you will find a Nativity set, and from experience, if the price is reasonable, I now buy them when I see them, or else I tend to regret it.