This Nativity set began my collection. My sister brought it for me from Israel, and it’s made from olive wood. I love the simplicity of the features and the beauty in the grain of the wood:
The Wise Men are getting close…at the beginning of Advent, when I set up my Nativities, the Wise Men are at a distance.
Such serious faces. And yes, they are kind of tippy looking – they’re hand-made, after all – and if you had been traveling all that long way on a camel you would be tippy too.
Baby Jesus doesn’t make His appearance in the Nativities until Christmas Eve, but it wouldn’t do to take a picture of the Holy Family without Him, now, would it?
The Shepherd and his sheep are so patient. Actually, he’s been waiting a very long time and I think he may have shut his eyes for a little snooze.
The trees in the background are new this year – they’re very angular and modern, but I like the way they contrast with the rough-hewn faces and figures.