Monday, November 28, 2011

Nativity Wreath

Decorating for the Christmas holidays is just getting underway at Oak Rise Cottage. On a door in the hall I hung a green wreath with nativity ornaments.

The ornaments come from Cedar View Christian Gifts a family business specializing in hand finished laser-cut wood ornaments. They are made in Arkansas, U.S.A. They are available at their web site, on Etsy and on Ebay. Each ornament is made of 1/4" premium birch with a golden oak finish and gloss lacquer. I’ve used gilt ribbon gold blown glass balls gathered in groups of three. The gold tones pick up the color of the lacquer.

In the center of the wreath just under a gilt ribbon bow is one of their three-dimensional ornaments with the Holy Family, titled Manger:

"And this shall be a sign unto you;
Ye shall find the babe wrapped
in swaddling clothes
lying in a manger."
Luke 2:12 KJV

At the sides and lower portion of the wreath are a set of three ornaments designed to look like lanterns with silhouetted figures. These three measure 6" high x 2 ¾" wide.

On the left - Nativity Shepherd

"For unto you is born this day
in the city of David a Savior
which is Christ the Lord."
Luke 2:11 KJV

On the right - Nativity Manger

At bottom - Nativity Wisemen

"When they heard the king, they departed;
and lo, the star, which they saw in the east,
went before them, till it came and stood over
where the young child was."
Matt. 2:9 KJV

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  1. Oooh love your golden nativity wreath!

  2. The wreath is beautiful! I am extremely passionate about collecting nativity scenes. I've actually spent the last 25 years collecting these scenes. I'd love for you to visit my blog that's dedicated to my book, In Manger Lowly, which highlights my extensive collection of nativity scenes!

  3. Betsy,
    It is so good to hear from you. Thank you for stopping at my blog and for your lovely comment. I am glad to know about your new book, since I enjoy reading about other collectors and seeing examples of their collections. For years I looked forward to online photos of the creche exhibit in Ann Arbor.

    I was also an English (and Spanish) major in college. As a graduate student I traveled to England for six weeks of study and touring, then 2 ½ weeks touring the continent. At the time, however, I did not think to look for a nativity, though I always cherished the memory of a neighbor'’ large creche display (or, nacimiento) back in my homeland the republic of Honduras.

    I have also been gathering nativity-themed poems and as well as books.

    A Happy Christmastide to You and Yours!