Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Gallery Arrangement

For some time, I had sought nativity scenes from various countries. The various scenes bring to mind the words of 1 John 2:2 NIV

"He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,
and not only for ours
but also for the sins of the whole world."

All around the world artists and artisans depict the birth of Jesus. It was wonderful to see the diverse ways that the nativity story was depicted by each ethnic group or nation. So the gallery display is for the most part, arranged on three walls by world area.

Starting just inside the door, to the left is the MIDDLE EAST,

then AFRICA,

Next is ASIA,


Next is EUROPE

Europe ends this international display with Italy, the home of the first recreated nativity scene led by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223 in the village of Greccio. The last set is the popular Fontanini Heirloom nativity with its various figures and accessories.

On a low table in the middle of the room is the UNITED STATES. These are mainly nativities by various artists.

CANADA is next on the top of a bookshelf that displays varied nativity sets.

Nativity sets that are not distinctly international occupy shelving units on the right of the door – children’s sets such as Precious Moments, Cherished Teddies, Hallmark Peanuts Gallery. These sets of pottery, paper, crystal, depict the nativity in various materials.

On a ledge above the bookcases is part of Department 56 'Little Town of Bethlehem' with its lighted buildings.

The photographs in this post can provide only a glimpse of the inspiring array of nativity scenes. I wish you could visit in person to take in the various materials and styles. It helps us reflect on why we celebrate this day. It also helps us to realize just why this season has such a powerful effect on people year after year.

Please feel free to ask any question you might have or make a comment about the Nativity Gallery. Thank you for stopping by. Do come again very soon.


  1. Wow , I have never seen so many!! I hope I remember to return and see some close ups in the future.

  2. I have been wandering around here for awhile now - you have an impressive collection!

    My mother also collects Nativities (although I don't think she has as many as you do). Anyway, she has an olivewood one similar to yours that she got on her last trip to the Holy Land. It is probably my favorite of her whole collection. I think the wood is just gorgeous and I love the smell of it.