Monday, February 2, 2009

Blue Monday: All God’s Children Nativity Series

Since the month of February is celebrated in the United States as Black Heritage Month, I will feature several ethnic sets from the nativity scenes collection which feature African-American designs.
The first one is from the All God’s Children line of decorative collectible figures created by Miss Martha. As you will see, several figures have blue in their costumes, an so, work out well for Blue Monday. gives a brief introduction to the line:
"It all began in 1985 when southern memory folk artist Martha Holcombe-Root, affectionately known as Miss Martha, sculpted her first black figurines and christened them with the name All God's Children®. Each figurine is faithfully reproduced from Miss Martha's original sculpts, individually handcrafted with a blend of crushed pecan shells and resin and is proudly made in USA. Each delightful sculpture has its own unique personality and story."

Miss Martha gives more information about the artist and has a comprehensive catalog of her collectibles.

"All God’s Children" Nativity by Miss Martha’s Originals, Inc. The materials are resin and pecan shell flour, hand crafted in Gadsden, Alabama U.S.A.
These Black American figurines were designed by Martha Holcombe-Root and are signed and dated.
The realistically sculpted figurines represent school children who are participants in a nativity pageant led by their teacher Miss Sue. The characters shown in my photos are kids named,
Preshus as Baby Jesus
Martin a king
Thomas a king
Stephen a shepherd
Nathaniel as drummer boy
Joy an angel
Niambi an angel

Just look at the happy expressions on the children’s faces as they participate in the pageant:

As with many collectible series, there is a charming story for each figurine. For example, Charles a king - the kneeling figurine in the center above:
"At dress rehearsal for the Christmas play, Mrs. Sue gave Charles a small gift box he was to carry for the baby Jesus. As he opened the lid to see what treasure was enclosed his heart sank because the box was empty. He quickly ran to his classroom where he tore up small pieces of paper and wrote the same word on each piece. He filled the box with ‘LOVE.’"

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  1. Carrie, I think that's one of the cutest and most imaginative nativity sets I've ever seen. I love the story about them being modled after the students. How neat! I do believe, Carrie, that this is my favorite one of your collection you've shown us. Just darling.

    Thanks for sharing...

    Happy Blue Monday!


    Sheila :-)

  2. What a wonderful story! Beautiful Nativity, very unusual...Christine

  3. The expressions on their faces are priceless!

  4. What a beautiful story about Charles. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday!

  5. That is the sweetest!! What a great story!

  6. I have to know.How many do you have?This is darling.I can't wait until next yr to show you the rest of mine.Yes-they're still in the have an award witing for you.Please come pick it up...Ann

  7. Hi!
    They are adorable!!! Love the story of putting "love" in the box! Have a great day!!


  8. Carrie! This is probably one of the cutest sets I've seen you post yet! I know I'll never be disappointed when I see your post!

  9. Carrie that is so sweet! Happy Blue Monday!

  10. Oh that is so sweet! I enjoyed reading this post Carrie!! Happy blue again to you!

  11. This is a beautiful set. I really enjoyed the story. Happy Blue Monday!

  12. Love these colors! She just captured their little faces perfectly:)