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Indoor Nativity Sets

The most fitting decoration for the holiday season is indoor nativity sets. They represent the true meaning of Christmas and symbolizing peace on earth. There are so many different kinds and representations of the nativity that there is sure to be one for every home, décor and personality. From Fontanini to the rubber ducks there is a nativity for every Christian. From a classic heirloom collection to home made play dough they all have the same meaning and value to the owner.


Fontanini makes the top of the line, hand crafted by the same family in Tuscany, Italy for 100 years. The drawings of the characters are done by a member of the Fontanini family and then made in the actual size by professional sculptors out of beeswax. Then a rubber or metal mold is made so the same design can be reproduced. Some of their sets have no mold and are not being made anymore. These are very valuable today. Using the same technique, they are still making the same beautiful pieces they always have. They are made out of a strong polymer and hand painted. The eyes are painted by special artisans to have a life-like look. They make outdoor and indoor nativity sets and no matter what the size they are exquisite.


There are unusual indoor nativity sets including the rubber ducks designed as Joseph, Mary, and Jesus and the Krakow Nativity which is made of paper, cardboard, foil and glass jewels. It looks very gaudy as well as charming and festive. Different cultures create nativity sets with their own costumes, for example, there is a Peruvian nativity, and several African nativities. In Russia the nativity characters are dressed for cold weather. Sometimes the three kings are present and sometimes not. It depends on how elaborate the design is. There are even sets with only Joseph, Mary and Jesus.  


Indoor nativity sets for children are fun and educational. They are especially made to be attractive for children to manipulate. Children then become familiar with the characters while their parents tell them the story of the birth of Jesus.  They come in felt boards, coloring books, and computer games. There are play sets, even finger puppet nativity sets, unpainted olive wood and play mobile sets. Even Fontanini makes a set for children. Every year you can bring out the nativity toys and you children can appreciate them all over again.


Some indoor nativity sets are very elaborate, including characters and scenes from the Old Testament, for example, Adam and Eve with the serpent, Noah with his arc and all the animals and even some very down to earth scenes with Mary washing diapers in the Jordan River or Noah’s dove landing on the infant Jesus. As religion becomes personal to people, so do the stories and legends that define the religion. Since the birth of Jesus is the basis for the Christian religion, it is personally interpreted by Christians around the world. It is a great education in religion and culture to see and understand different interpretations of the nativity scene.

This article was published on Thursday 19 November, 2009.

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