Since a nativity set is something you will keep for a lifetime, choose carefully. Find the set that speaks to you and your family, there will be one that will be a perfect fit.
Collecting Nativity and Creche SetsNothing is more fitting to collect for the Christmas season than the real reason the holiday is celebrated. There are as many different types Nativity sets as there are collectors. Pick a region of the world and there will a Nativity representing that area and culture of the people. A nativity set can be fun and whimsical, very formal and religious, perfect for children to hold and play and everything in between. Over the years creches and nativities have been made of every type of material imaginable and it's not only the ones made from fine materials that are the most collectible or expensive.
"We were taught it was very special and not a toy. But that wouldn't stop me from secretly laying under the tree and slightly rearranging the figures."
Vintage Creche Pictures and InformationA selection of creche images of Catholic Statuary, Fontanini, Bavarian plaster, and Italian sets sold at the five and dime stores.
Of course each figure is hand painted, but there is a separate technique for the eyes. A separate group of artisans do all the eyes on the figures to get just the right look, something all collectors can relate to as the eyes can make or break a figure or ornament.
The Krakow Nativity
According to Polish Culture: "Creche-makers often incorporate characters from Krakow legends in their creations, including the likes of Queen Wanda, the Dragon of Wawel, and the famed Lajkonik. Each creche is a miniature version of Krakow, rendered in fairy-tale colors, joyous, often imbued with humor."
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More Unusual Nativity Sets
Friends of the CrecheThe organization, Friends of the Creche is dedicated to furthering the tradition of the creche. Friends of the Creche is a nonsectarian, nonpolitical, and nonprofit organization for those who collect, exhibit, study, create, or simply treasure Christmas Nativity scenes.
The group was founded in 2000 and currently hosts an annual convention and produces a quarterly newsletter.
Find out more about Friends of the Creche