The Best Nativity Scene Yard Displays

The Best Nativity Scene Yard Displays

Nativity scene outdoor yard displays are one of the best things about Christmas time.  Of course many outdoor displays are at churches but more and more individuals are putting up their own yard displays.  Many are homemade but if your wanting to share the nativity with your neighborhood and are looking for a quicker option there are many great nativities available for purchase online. Read More…

Best Nativity Scene Greeting Cards

Best Nativity Scene Greeting Cards

Every year as Christmas nears people around the world send greeting cards to friends and loved ones.  As the culture becomes more and more secularized its is becoming somewhat difficult to find quality greeting cards featuring the reason for the season, Jesus Christ.  So we thought we’d remove some of the searching for you and provide you with the top Nativity Scene greeting cards available.  We intend to expand the list as we become aware of more options.  Please drop us a note via email or on Twitter if we are missing a high quality Nativity Scene greeting card.  Happy holiday options need not apply. Read More…

Christmas Wonderland – Frankenmuth Michigan

Christmas Wonderland – Frankenmuth Michigan

If you like Christmas and you are ever in the state of Michigan you need to take a trip to Frankenmuth, MI and visit Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland.  Bronner’s has over 500 styles of Nativity scenes available from over 59 nations.  They have one of the largest collections of Fontanini figurines available in 5, 7.5, & 12 inch sizes.  They also feature Hummel, Willow Tree, Precious Moments and many more. Read More…

Fontanini Company & Fontanini Nativity Sets

Fontanini Company & Fontanini Nativity Sets

The Fontanini Company has been in business for well over one hundred years. This family based business was first established in 1908 by Emanuele Fontanini. He lived in an Italian village within Tuscanny, Italy known as Bagni di Lucca. Italian culture is closely linked to the Christian holidays and Christmas is highly regarded by many Italian people. Italian people enjoy Christmas because it allows them honor the birth of Christ, spend time with their families and friends, to show good will toward all men and to express their faith through decorations and art. Read More…

The Nativity And The Santon Tradition In Provence, France

The Nativity And The Santon Tradition In Provence, France

Anyone who has visited Provence in southeast France in December and January cannot have failed to notice the wonderful nativity scenes on display throughout the region and the incredible variety of the detailed, hand painted figures.

The tradition of santon making (santon means little saint) began in 1789 when the churches were closed after the French Revolution and public nativity scenes were banned. The miniature terracotta figurines were intended for ordinary people to make a crèche in their own homes to celebrate Christmas, and they proved to be so popular, withmore and more santon fairs springing up each year across the region and beyond, that santon making quickly became an important cottage industry and remains so to the present day. Read More…

10 Famous Nativity Scene Paintings

10 Famous Nativity Scene Paintings

Artwork has found for its medium an interesting concept: the Nativity Scene. A Nativity Scene, which is basically a picture of Christ being born of humble beginnings, has been made now for literally centuries from Italian, Dutch, Spanish, and German artists. These artists have all added their own contributions to this wonderful story of the birth of the most important Figure in Christendom. Many of these nativity scenes have everything from Joseph and Mary and the Three Wise Men. These works of art are worthy of study. With that being said, here is a list of the world’s most well-known nativity scene paintings: Read More…