Tuesday, January 5, 2016

oh look!! Im here again!

So, I just need to show you the nativity set that I bought this year.  Ive been looking for one I like for a long time.  I needed one that was just right. Ive seen so many that though I liked them, they just were not for me.   And this year especially I felt the need to have one, because while we play Santa for Christmas, I really want my grandpies to know what Christmas is all about.  And I needed to show that in my home some how  and it needed to be special and have grammies touch on it.  

so, I decided that while Santa is still part of Christmas that even Santa needed to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.  So I brought Santa to the manger with their messages that Jesus is the reason!  I made the silly banner "Behold, for unto you is born a savior"  and have two of the Santa's holding it up over the manger.

 And then I have another Santa kneeling before baby Jesus with a sign.. "oh Holy night"

And then another with his "believe" sign  These are all Santa's that I made years ago.  I haven't made one in a long time.  I do have one that I started several years ago and need to finish someday...  

So anyways..  this is what I did with my manger scene.  I was afraid that there would be people that would be offended by it.. but then I thought well, its not in their house and I think the message its sending it good.    Even Santa celebrates our savior!

So the nativity scene,   I was talking to a dear friend on face book (whom Ive never met in person) about his huge nativity collection and was saying that I needed to find one.  then on a whim  I thought to check craigslist, popped over to it, typed in nativity sets and this was the first one to pop up.. for 25.00!  I emailed the guy, he called me back immediately, we found out he was just in Greece, only about 50 minutes from us and my hubby was going that way at that time.  So he went and picked it up and I had it here only a couple hours later!  

Isn't it lovely, isn't it perfect?  Its a fontanini set from Italy and its quite old.  I LOVE it.  and my friend who collects them said I shouldn't have been able to touch that set for less then 100.00.  pretty good deal then for 25.00.  but I don't care about the cost.. only that I absolutely love it.  
OK.. just thought Id share that.  
soo with that, have a lovely day my friends!


Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I kept reading to find out more about your new Nativity because it looks so much like one of MINE!! I was wondering if they were making Nativities with a nostalgic look. I have many Nativities and I believe I bought this one about 40+ years ago and added pieces for several years after I got the initial pieces.

Lovely and a STEAL!!

Dorothy Crutchfield said...

It's so beautiful, I love the shepherd holding the lamb on his shoulders.

Susie said...

Viv, I love that nativity. Also the idea that you used your Santas in the worshiping of the new born savior. I perfect why to teach the young ones. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

E said...

Love your nativity and its pieces and agree about the inclusion of Santa's O Holy Night Santa is my fav ! Did you make these Santa's they're cute XO E

Susan Clayton said...

Belated Merry Christmas Viv! And Happy New Year - hope it is full of goodness and fine health.
Love the Nativity and how you bring a spirit of child-like fun to rejoicing.


TO me, Christmas is all about Jesus with a little santa in for a bit of fun. The way you did it is so sweet.
Happy New Year.

Patti said...

I love your pretty nativity, Viv! And, you know I love Santa too. I worry what others might think, too. About my Santa collection. But, I know my heart. I love the Lord! You made a very sweet message for your grandchildren!

carol fun said...

Such a beautiful set... I'd swear this is the same set my Grandma had when I was a child. I loved that set. Wish I knew where it went to. Thanks for a trip down memory lane.

donna said...

Your nativity is just beautiful. Love how you incorporated the Santa's. You have given a great idea for next year. Thank you!
Happy New Year!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Your nativity is gorgeous. Such a fabulous price! I'm so happy for you. I really like how you included Santa into the scenery too. You are so clever. Happy New Year, Viv! I don't talk about our Catholic faith much on my blog, but today is the feast of the three Kings and we will be taking down he last of the Christmas decorations. I can't wait to see what you have in store for Valentines!

Jess said...

It is just beautiful. I love the Italian nativity scenes.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Viv, the first thing I thought when I saw your nativity set was, OMG that is my Mom's set! I thought it must be a repro of the one she had, until I read to the end. You indeed have a very old and wonderful nativity scene. Beautiful!

Well, I've had enough happy holidays to last a lifetime, lol. Merry Christmas, the birth of Jesus... the reason for the season...and Santa of course. A very special thing you did for your sweet pies.

Yay for being back already! :)

Stephanie said...

It's classic and elegant. And, yes, Santa believes too!

Scrap for Joy said...

That nativity set is a treasure! The detail is really lovely! The price was unbelievable! Something to hand down in the family...the nativity and your handmade Santas. Who could ask for anything more!!