This post originally ran in December 2010, and it was so popular I decided to run it again. Post-Christmas sales are the best time to stock up on beautiful heirloom pieces like the Nativity sets shown here!
Medieval French Style Nativity, $579/11 piece set: Wisteria, one of my favorite catalogs ever, recreated a 16th century nativity from a French chapel. A beautiful old world look! (Note: Ths one is no longer available, but another French inspired design is available here.)
Another French Nativity, $186.75: Beautiful and serene, this polyresin set is detailed to look like wood, and is based on another French design! (Note: Also no longer available, but if this subtle style appeals to you, you might like similar colors in a more contemporary nativity, like this one.)
Krinkles Nativity by Patience Brewster, $899/20 piece set: I am a little obsessed with Patience Brewster, but my old Spanish style house doesn’t lend itself to her whimsical designs, so I reserve them for the girls’ rooms. This colorful, charming scene will appeal to Krinkles lovers everywhere.
Nativity Tealight Holder, $24.99: If you don’t have a lot of room or a lot of money, you can still pay tribute to Christ’s birth with this charming candle holder.
Schwibbogen (Christmas Arches), $198: Traditional German Christmas arches are displayed on windowsills throughout Saxony at Christmastime, and they make simple, striking statements of your faith. Una Alla Volta offers a few to choose from, including this one for $168.
Cartapesta Nativity, $1699: Worthy of a museum, this stunning set is made using a half-century old technique of applying plaster over paper mache. A real investment, this set is heirloom quality.
Santos Nativity Sets, $39-199: Modeled after a Central American nativity from the 18th century, these rustic pieces have a folksy charm and handmade beauty.
Origami Nativity Set, $89: Striking in its simplicity, this pristine white porcelain set suits the most modern decor.
Blue/White Nativity Set, $49.99: Fans of blue/white porcelain will love this delicate Delft-like set.
Excelsis Wall Nativity, $375: A breathtaking and unique way to display the nativity from artist Mark Roberts.
Holy Nativity Water Globe, $59: This magical, musical nativity globe will enthrall all ages. My daughters and their cousins played with a similar one for hours today at my mom’s house! (Click here for a similar style, $129.)
Nativity Cross, $19: An inventive, compact way to celebrate Christ’s birth.
Renaissance Nativity, $145: An elegant nativity at a reasonable price, this detailed, old-world style set looks much more expensive than it is.
Lighted Outdoor Nativity, $379 for Holy Family: Many outdoor Christmas decorations are too chintzy for my taste, but this spectacular all-white lighted nativity is tasteful and beautiful. (Note: I couldn’t find this same one, but this Fontanini set and this lighted silhouette one are also lovely.)