This post originally ran in December 2010, and it was so popular I decided to run it again. Post-Christmas sales are the best time to stock up on beautiful heirloom pieces like the Nativity sets shown here!
Christmas Decorating: Nativity Scenes
Medieval French Style Nativity, $579/11 piece set: Wisteria, one of my favorite catalogs ever, recreated a 16th century nativity from a French chapel. A beautiful old world look! (Note: Ths one is no longer available, but another French inspired design is available here.)
Another French Nativity, $186.75: Beautiful and serene, this polyresin set is detailed to look like wood, and is based on another French design! (Note: Also no longer available, but if this subtle style appeals to you, you might like similar colors in a more contemporary nativity, like this one.)
Krinkles Nativity by Patience Brewster, $899/20 piece set: I am a little obsessed with Patience Brewster, but my old Spanish style house doesn’t lend itself to her whimsical designs, so I reserve them for the girls’ rooms. This colorful, charming scene will appeal to Krinkles lovers everywhere.
Nativity Tealight Holder, $24.99: If you don’t have a lot of room or a lot of money, you can still pay tribute to Christ’s birth with this charming candle holder.
Schwibbogen (Christmas Arches), $198: Traditional German Christmas arches are displayed on windowsills throughout Saxony at Christmastime, and they make simple, striking statements of your faith. Una Alla Volta offers a few to choose from, including this one for $168.
Cartapesta Nativity, $1699: Worthy of a museum, this stunning set is made using a half-century old technique of applying plaster over paper mache. A real investment, this set is heirloom quality.
Santos Nativity Sets, $39-199: Modeled after a Central American nativity from the 18th century, these rustic pieces have a folksy charm and handmade beauty.
Origami Nativity Set, $89: Striking in its simplicity, this pristine white porcelain set suits the most modern decor.
Blue/White Nativity Set, $49.99: Fans of blue/white porcelain will love this delicate Delft-like set.
Excelsis Wall Nativity, $375: A breathtaking and unique way to display the nativity from artist Mark Roberts.
Holy Nativity Water Globe, $59: This magical, musical nativity globe will enthrall all ages. My daughters and their cousins played with a similar one for hours today at my mom’s house! (Click here for a similar style, $129.)
Nativity Cross, $19: An inventive, compact way to celebrate Christ’s birth.
Limoges Nativity Christmas Box, $298: Tiny and intricately detailed, this precious porcelain box features a lovely rendition of the Christmas story. (I also like this Limoges Nativity Dome.)
Renaissance Nativity, $145: An elegant nativity at a reasonable price, this detailed, old-world style set looks much more expensive than it is.
Lighted Outdoor Nativity, $379 for Holy Family: Many outdoor Christmas decorations are too chintzy for my taste, but this spectacular all-white lighted nativity is tasteful and beautiful. (Note: I couldn’t find this same one, but this Fontanini set and this lighted silhouette one are also lovely.)
Laurie Sterbens says
Thanks for posting. We have been looking for an outdoor nativity, and I love those white-light ones.