For those who celebrate Christmas, the nativity scene holds a special significance, particularly during the holiday season. In the Christian tradition, the familiar manger scene depicts the birth of Jesus Christ. When paired with other Christmas decorations, a nativity set can serve as an important reminder for the whole family of what the holiday season is all about. Nativity sets can also be a great way to teach the younger ones the story of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus in a visual way that they may understand better and hopefully, won’t be able to break.
And your nativity scene doesn't have to be limited to a tiny set of figurines you display in the window. There are plenty of larger scenes that can serve as outdoor lawn decorations, or ones that use different materials such as banana fibers, glass, metal or the traditional olive wood. At the end of the day, there's no wrong way to depict the nativity scene over the holidays, and there are tons of gorgeous (and affordable) ways to do so. Whether you're looking for a decorative piece that's traditional, modern, fragile, or perfect for educating your kids, these uniquely beautiful nativity sets can help you remember the reason for the season.
This 15-piece handmade nativity set includes Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, three wise men, two angels, a shepherd, a sheep, a camel, a donkey, a cow, a stable, and a star, all painted on hand-stained wood.
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These sturdy, wooden pieces are perfect for kids aged four and up, and the set (which includes a four-piece stable and 11 figurines) even comes with a retelling of the Christmas story, so you can teach your kids in a hands-on way.
Baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are all perched on separate letters that spell out the word "Joy." You could even keep this high-quality polyresin set (which measures just over six inches tall) on display after Christmas is over.
This vintage-inspired set includes 11 hand-painted figures (Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus in a manger, three Wise Men, an angel, and a shepherd with animals), as well as a handmade stable measuring 18.5 inches tall and 13 inches wide.
Made with soft acrylic yarn and polyester stuffing, this handmade 12-piece nativity set includes Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus in the manger, two shepherds, two sheep, three Wise Men, one angel, and one palm tree.
Made from sturdy plywood and painted and sealed for weather, these four-foot-tall lawn ornaments are made to order, with six design different options available: Mary, Joseph, and Jesus; an angel; one Wise Man; two Wise Men; a shepherd and drummer; or two sheep.
This rustic pinewood board nativity set includes 11 hand-painted pieces (Mary, baby Jesus, Joseph, three Wise Men, an angel, a drummer boy, a sheep, a cow, and a donkey), with each board measuring 42 inches tall by five-and-a-half inches wide.
Spruce up your house this holiday season with one of these gorgeous nativity sets. Whether you're searching for something priceless, or something kid-friendly, this list is sure to have a nativity scene that's perfect for you.
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