When my mom died, we inherited all of the family Christmas ornaments and the manger scene. This was the major scene that I had known as a little girl, so it has a lot of years on it and because it is old fashioned chalk ware, it has dings and marks everywhere. It has been well loved!
Mr. Pete found the actual stable for our little holy family some where - I'm not sure exactly where. It looks more like early American 1900 than 1 BC Bethlehem, but it works for us. Over the years we've acquired the evergreen trees and other statues and figures to go with our nativity set.
We inherited a few shepherds and sheep along with the holy family. I've been adding to them over the years. A year or so ago we found the same chalkware at an antique store and still more at an estate sale, so we've added sheep and shepherds that way.
The guy on the left is my latest eBay find. I like him because he is unique and doesn't exactly fit in with the other shepherds. The guy on the right I found somewhere. We call them Leonardo and Luigi- the shepherd cousins from Italy, visiting their friends in Bethlehem this special night!
One of our old and slightly damaged angels.
One year I found these cute pigs on eBay and since I didn't have a lot of money, I thought they would be a nice inexpensive way to add to our nativity set! It didn't occur to me that these folks were Jewish! But I liked the pigs and I keep them - maybe they can represent us Gentiles!
We picked up miscellaneous animals over the years.
I bought some commemorative pieces too. The old lady was in memory of my mom. The young lady came to the set in honor of my new daughter-in-law!
This guy was just for fun!
For my Granddaughter