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Old 12-11-2007, 02:04 PM
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I thought I'd share my creche scenes and hopefully you'll add yours to the thread. Through the years we've had many different nativity scenes including a tiny plastic one in the fish tank but now we are down to these.

The first one I bought - from Grants dime store in 1963. Amazingly it made it through my kids loving hands with only a few boo boos.


I love my coconut one from Hawaii. They were assembled at a shelter workshop on the island.


The stable to this one is awaiting repair but I do have it. It belonged to my stepfather's family and is at least as old as the 1890s. The detail is amazing. Perhaps you can see the shepherd holding his hat against his chest.




I still have two tree ornaments. The first one is from Mexico.

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Old 12-11-2007, 02:44 PM
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Oh how cute! I hope more folks will show theirs too. My place is too small to decorate or I'd put mine up. (Seriousley, it is)
My stepdad made me one years ago, and my mother hot glued all the figures in so my daughter wouldn't pull them out to play with when she was little.
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Old 12-11-2007, 03:57 PM
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Incredible, some of those figurines in the first pic are the same ones I grew up with! I'll have to check it out at my parents' after they set it up, but I think it has all survived except for the little springs that made the horns on the cow...I used to pull on them. (don't tell Santa)
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Old 12-11-2007, 06:20 PM
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Well, don't know why my post didn't appear...

I do not have a creche, and never did. No one in my family did/does, but I do enjoy looking at them.

I don't see the hat in the shepard's hand, but I do see TWO old time portraits what SHOULD be mine to paint.
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Old 12-11-2007, 06:35 PM
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Oh Nick so you were a bad boy too - The springs on our cow's horns got sprung and there have been some sheep limb amputations but the worse is that the shepherd with the lamb on his shoulder went missing - and I know a very responsible man who once was a little boy who kept taking that one out to play with.........

Fookie, I'll take photos of all six of them for you. They are six generations of mothers and daughters with me being the youngest - one of my treasures!!

No place is too small for a creche. Here is the one we had in the RV last Christmas.


and for size comparison you can see how small it is.
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What a lovely thread.....even for this jewish agnostic heathen........ not suprisingly Ive never been in a house with a creche at Christmas....( though I was C of E confirmed!) but it is good to be reminded of, and ponder on, what the season is really about...... away from the commercialism
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Re: Nativity Scenes

Amelia, I love your creches. They are all beautiful! But the Hawaiian one is my favorite. I'll have to look for one when I make it back there (hopefully in a few years).

I have three creche scenes in my house. A plastic ones that we bought for my girls their first Christmas (so they won't play with the good one ), an ornament for the tree and a lovely olive wood one that I received as a gift from my mother-in-law. I'll try to find time to take pictures and post them.

Thanks for sharing yours!
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Old 12-12-2007, 02:39 PM
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Interesting Jaytee - I think most everyone here who is even a bit Christian has a creche - a tree - and a wreath on the door. Or maybe that's the old fashioned way now. I wonder?
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We have the shepherd with the lamb - love that one! And we also have a lamb with a broken leg. Will get some pics for you soon. But hey - are those camels???? We never had those during my time will have to investigate
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Re: Nativity Scenes

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No place is too small for a creche. Here is the one we had in the RV last Christmas.


and for size comparison you can see how small it is.

Now I have a guilt complex! Thats another Christian Tradition for those of you who are unfamiliar . As I am out and about over the season I will see if I can find a miniture creche.
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Old 12-13-2007, 07:49 AM
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Oh Maryann I wasn't trying to give you "the gift that keeps on giving"

Ah Nick I paid about 70 cents extra for each of those camels but just had to have them The store only had 2 left so I figured one Magi had to double up Now 70 cents may sound like not much but I was making $35 for a 40 hour week
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Amelia,
These are lovely creches. Thanks for showing them. I'll take a photo of mine later when the light is brighter and post it here.

I loved the Precepi (creches) we saw when we lived near Naples. The Italians make elaborate scenes which depict everyday life and people. Some of them are very, very old so the clothing on the people eating in restaurants or sitting watching the scene fit the time when they were made.

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Old 12-14-2007, 09:52 AM
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Amelia,


This is a Nativity Scene I made in 1964. We were stationed in Adana, Turkey, at Incirlik AFB and the Base Hobby Shop had this complete set of molds to use. I poured the figures, had them fired in the kiln, then hand painted each figure. It took me several months. We've had them on display ever since. (If you look carefully, you can see where my then 2-yr old son broke poor Mary's arm by bouncing a ball into her. I glued her back together and painted over the break as best I could.)



This is a Precepi figure I bought in Naples when we lived near there. I paid about $25 for him. It is a fisherman mending his nets handmade of clay and tinted. Imagine a whole room filled with pieces like this. It is really beautiful.



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Old 12-14-2007, 10:24 AM
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K, Amelia, you know how to find me when they are ready. Now, could I have a vacation in that RV?

I'm enjoying this thread, love the Italian statue posted by Sylvia.
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these are wonderful- I LOVE the coconut one... and the Peruvian retablo too... I did not get mine out this year since we have 2 kittens who are tearing up things and knocking them over constantly!
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