My Nativity Scene
The first time I can remember watching A Charlie Brown Christmas I was an adult and kept hearing friends talk about how it was still their favorite Christmas movie. So I had rented it. Short, simple, unpretentious, & refreshingly focused on the true meaning of Christmas with Linus reciting the Christmas story from the Gospel according to Luke, it instantly became my favorite Christmas movie too.
My sister's Nativity by Willow Tree, available here. The understated beauty of the figures in this set make it wonderfully adaptable to any decorating style.
The symbols of Christmas that I love best are the ones that point to its true & humble origin like the Christmas creche or Nativitiy scene. Photos of beautiful Nativity scenes are hard to find in Christmas editions of American magazines, yet Nativity scenes are beautiful & highly collectible. So I've snapped photos everywhere I've seen Christmas Nativities lately, and my sister has shared photos of her Willow Tree Nativity, a really great set because of the simplicity of its design. It goes with absolutely any decor style. Plus, I've been told the Christmas creche is a popular feature in French homes during the holidays, & the French publication Campagne Decoration has published some handsome sets.
Three French Hens.
From the French publication, Campagne Decoration, a figure of baby Jesus in a manger. Photo by Patrick Van Robaeys
A Nativity scene complete with open-sided stable and overhead star in a French kitchen. Photo courtesy
I hope you're enjoying the season. I plan to be back in a few days with gift suggestions for gardeners!
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