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Ceramic Natifity Sets Glaze a Tradition

Nativity scenes for Christmas decorations come in many materials from paper and wood to ceramic. Ceramic figures can be purchased in the unpainted state, for you and your children to paint as an activity during the Christmas season. They also come in a huge variety of completed forms. Some have themes based on the country of origin, for example, there are Andean styled nativity scenes with llamas instead of cattle, African-American ceramic nativity sets and many more.


Ceramic nativity sets come in many styles. Delicately glazed realism defines each figure from the baby Jesus to the tiny lamb lying near the manger. Each figure comes separately and needs to be arranged on your table, mantle or under your tree. A very modern all white ceramic three figured set with brushed gold highlights is a minimal statement but gives the right sentiment for the perfect table or corner in your home. Some sets are eight or more figures where all the characters are touching and mounted on one base to make one piece.


The word crèche was used after Saint Francis of Assisi, in the early twelfth century, reenacted the story of the birth of Christ in a stable. From then on the nativity scene was described in that way, with animals and a manger. Today, ceramic nativity sets show much the same scene. Some only have Mary, Joseph and Jesus, but some are very elaborate with the three kings, cows, sheep, angels and the guiding star.


There are ceramic nativity sets for every kind of Christmas decoration, including small, durable sets for children to handle and create their own arrangements, while learning the story and meaning of the figures. There are also sets for children that look like cartoon characters. They are very cute and loveable and children will love handling them. Another set especially for children are very tiny miniature sets with their own box. They are painted to look like pewter and very shiny. With these sets, made especially for children, they will become familiar with each character and understand each part of the story. There are sets that are smooth white figures, in the traditional robes, with gold or bronze highlights for hair or clothing and nativity scenes that represent the Mexican culture with a typical southwest flavor.


Ceramic nativity sets also come with very intricate designs, that look lifelike and some are very smooth outlines of figures that look more symbolic than representational. One of these sets will enhance very type of home décor. If the theme is white, the all white set with a brush of gold will look artistic as well as religious. As for the beautifully painted and realistic figures, they should be displayed where people can look at them closely to enjoy the detail. Another style is smooth lines with muted colors to give a peaceful atmosphere. There are beautiful bisque figures that represent other cultures such as Native Americans, with animals common to their environment. These are like small 3D stages with the figures fixed in place. Whatever style of culture the nativity scene is essential for traditional Christmas decorations.

This article was published on Saturday 31 October, 2009.

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