Made in Bethlehem from Olivewood

In the early twelfth century, the word creche was used to describe the birthplace of Christ. The term was coined after Saint Francis of Assisi celebrated Midnight Mass in a stable where men and animals reenacted the Christmas story. The creche, derived from the German word krippe or crib, refers to the animals manger in which Christ was born. It later became known as the place of the Nativity, or the Nativity. The Nativity scene joins together Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus, shepherds, angels, and on Epiphany the Wise Men.

  This personal collection of mine is just that and I am happy to share with all who come here. I chose the nativities which I did because they represent the country and the ethnic talents of the people who live there. Many of them from the third world countries are from workshops or christian missionary centers who employ and market the nativities for mothers to earn money to send their children to school , for clothes and books. I delight in the word handmade and you can see that many in the collection are handmade and/or hand carved. If you would like any more information on any nativity in my collection please email me at . I have been collecting for about thirty years after I saw a video on a collection of nativities in the museum of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints in Salt Lake City. I thought to myself I would love to do that and started planning and working on it from that point on.  I am a member of the LDS church and seeing my saviors birth depicted so many different ways makes my heart sing and know that He truly lived and died for me. I hope you enjoy these!!

Nativities page one Canada and Mexico
Nativities page two Europe
Nativities page three Central America
Nativities page four South America
Nativities page five Asia and the Pacific
Nativities page six Africa 
Nativities page seven United States
Nativities page eight Miscellaneous
Nativities page nine  Homespun
Nativities page ten Children's