19 December 2015

Are You Tired of Decorating?

Maybe you are tired of the Christmas decorating like Anya in this photo taken by my daughter. She some how snapped this without disturbing her. Don't you just love how the star is just there beside her? If you are not tired of decorations, you might enjoy some photos of our nativity.









Here's a little angel reading to another, and the rooster looks interested, but the cow looks as if he is looking at the photographer.









This is Mary's donkey sharing water with a duck and a chicken.







I love the expressions of the shepherds.








The moss has fallen off and faded over the years, so I hot glued some new moss on, and scattered and placed some of our dried flowers over it to pick up the muted pastels of the figurines. 








Here is a mother and toddler. I acquired this figurine when my daughter was a toddler.
Mixed among it are hand decorated bottle brush trees... all except one tree is from a neighborhood shop of vintage and crafts. They are easy to do if you have time: bleach, dye, modpodge, and glitterize. But I love our local shops and the lady is so lovely here, and she really charges so little that I bought them from her.























This year I added a third camel.







This girl came from Italy. We bought in her a little shop by the Pantheon. These figurines are designed in Italy. The tradition of the nativity originated there with St. Francis of Assisi. We have a pretty even mixture of female and male figurines. I love that this company honors both male and female contributions. It is also lovely that the figurines are doing every day tasks as one of my reader's pointed out.














































The facial expressions are beautiful. My mother started this nativity about 25 years ago either when I got married or when I was still in college. She gave me the family and stable, and then added it to it over the years.  I've added it to as well. The drummer boy is one of my favorites.
I was telling my niece the other day that traditions and rituals are important, because they give life continuity, and it helps us remember the people who passed. She is only a bit younger than my daughter, and she lost her father several years ago just before the holidays, and this time of year is hard for her.  Whatever rituals or traditions you have they are important to develop.










It wouldn't be complete without a cat sitting patiently by the infant.
My daughter and I like to add a sense of life's wonder while still honoring the stillness. The cat on the roof, chickens listening to angels, roses, pink trees and so on.... 










These are Fontanini and they are unbreakable, and when my daughter was young she use to play with them.



Thank you for visiting. I appreciate all your lovely comments, so I've been visiting my visitors' blogs rather than replying here during these busy days leading up to the holidays.

xoxo
Su

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65 comments:

  1. I do my Christmas decorating a little at a time with rests in between like your sweet kitty. The nativity scene is an important part of our home tradition too. I would love to have figurines like yours. It's such a human scene with the people doing everyday activities yet also sacred as all come to worship the Holy Child. Wishing you a blessed Christmas if I don't have the opportunity to do so nearer Christmas Day.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I so enjoyed the tours over at your blog, so nice this time of year. I love what you wrote about the human side of these particular figures. You are so right. Spinning yarn, carrying grapes, carrying water... the symbolism is something we can relate to in our own lives. Merry Christmas. xoxo Su

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  2. Your nativity is gorgeous! I love the shot of the little angel girl reading to the little girl. That I can just see in my minds eye. :) I love how you've set it up and like Linda P. said, It's like they heard the news of the new born King and are drawn to the manger. So sweet.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Jake's Girl. They really do have some of the sweetest figures. I love how they have just as many females as males, and how they are doing things like spinning yarn, carrying grapes, and so on. Merry Christmas. xoxo Su

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  3. This is an exquisite Nativity set! As to the kitty, LOL that photo is just priceless :)

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    1. Thank you, Deb. Our kitty is hilarious. xoxo Su

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  4. Su, your post has left me absolutely breathless! What words to use to describe the anticipation building until I saw the last, complete scene? Your nativity scene is heart warming and inspiring! It is beautifully and thoughtfully arranged! I immensely enjoyed studying each picture to the smallest detail. You have a masterpiece created for Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Maya. I love setting it up in a new way each year. Merry Christmas. xoxo Su

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  5. Love the picture of your cat on his back! And your tree all lit up at night in the previous post - beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Ms. Misantropia. She is so silly and lovable! xoxo Su

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  6. So beautiful! love the photo of your kitty, too!

    Merry Christmas sweet Su! All my best wishes for the new year xoxox

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    1. She is so silly! She gets to working and collapses. Yesterday, when I came home, she was curled up on the blanket with the rabbits. xoxo Su

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  7. You've displayed your extensive collection beautifully, Su. It's a lovely nativity set that your mother started for you, and I'm sure it will delight your family for generations to come.

    I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Vickie. I agree. These pieces are timeless. xoxo Su

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  8. Lovely nativity set and a beautiful reminder of why we are celebrating! Merry Christmas!

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  9. When I was young, I used to play with our set, too. I bet I could've had a ball with your set! ;) Merry Christmas, Su!

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    1. I think so, Kim. I think visitors enjoy moving a piece around too, and my daughter placed one of the cats on the roof of the stable. Merry Christmas. xoxo

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  10. This is the prettiest Nativity set I have seen. Thanks for sharing it.

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  11. Su, the first image of Anya is priceless. That should be a Christmas card. '-)
    Your Fontanini nativity is exquisite. I like that it hold special memories through your daughter's childhood. Thank you for sharing. I'm not tired of decorations. I truly enjoy seeing how others celebrate the season with decorations.
    Merry Christmas to each of you.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I will tell my daughter that her photo should be a card. I thought it was very cute. I've been taking my time doing bits at a time that maybe some people get tired. Like you, I don't tire; I love to see people's decor, because it is so different and collected. Merry Christmas. I really loved your tour and that unique opportunity you had. xoxo Su

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  12. Su,
    So many joyful things to take in on this enchanting post. Simon my 22 pound Cheshire Cat lays just like Anya basking in the sunlight cat napping in peaceful dreams.
    Su you shared a whimsical storyline for us with your nativity scene. All your figurines are precious and displayed beautifully with their memories you hold dear. The cat sitting next to baby Jesus brought a big smile to my face. The table you have the nativity scene displayed on is beautiful.
    Wishing you and your family a magical Christmas celebration. It has been a joy getting to know you better over 2015.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you, Vera. Simon sounds just as adorable as Anya. The feeling is mutual. Merry Christmas, and I look forward to your theatre coming our way. xoxo Su

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  13. Your nativity is absolutely stunning. What a fabulous collection. Merry Christmas

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  14. Anya is precious lying there beside all your glorious decor in such peacefulness. I noticed her paws were curled up a bit too,I just love that when our Toby curls his up, they look so relaxed and happy when they do that.
    Your nativity is gorgeous! Such detail in every piece that you can't help but wonder and allow your mind to reflect on the beautiful Christmas story and all that it brings.
    Sending Christmas blessings to you and your family.
    Joy! Debbie

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. She is precious. She was a rescue cat, and when she first came to us she was an anxious kitty, and now she is completely at home. A blessed Christmas to you too. xoox Su

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  16. Su,
    Anya I think is capturing what we all feel. Just want a good nap lol! Too cute. Love your nativity.
    Gorgeous pieces. Merry Christmas.
    Kris

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    1. I thought so too, Kris. Such a hilarious capture by my daughter. Merry Christmas to you and your family. xoxo Su

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  17. That is an exceptional Nativity set.

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  18. So beautiful. Your cat really is magnificent, and so cattish :-)

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. She is hilarious. When we adopted her, she was an anxious cat, but not anymore. Merry Christmas and Happy Soltice. xoxo Su

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  19. This is beautiful Su and I imagine very precious to you through the years. Loved your photos. Merry Christmas xo

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  20. Su, this is an exquisite and beautiful collection! Such a wonderful display! Hugs!

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  21. The cat made me smile! Love your setting and that gorgeous iron work behind it.

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    1. Thank you, Rose. She is such a funny cat. xoxo Su

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  22. What a beautiful nativity! I think I love the angel the best. That's such a great tradition your mom started. And your kitty is just too cute! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Donna. The angels are my favorite. xoxo Su

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  23. Fontanini is what I have too. I like how you added more animals and certainly the kitty, love yours basking in the bit of sunlight, like our little ones do:)
    Kathleen in Az

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen. It's a really nice collection, because each person's can be so different depending on what you collect. Merry Christmas. xoxo Su

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  24. Beautiful. I love the muted colors, and the story behind the nativity. Wonderful tradition. Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. Merry Christmas in your little red house. xoxo Su

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  25. Anya certainly looks exhausted, you've been working her hard? I love your photos today, so beautiful Su.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Amalia. Anya does look like she has been working too hard. xoxo Su

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  26. Beautiful! It reminds me of the nativity my grand-father used to make every year for Christmas when I was a child!

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    1. Thank you, Magali. I love putting it together. It is sort of like playing dolls again. Joyeux Noel xoxo Su

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  27. Your nativity is just gorgeous! Very beautiful decors. Merry Christmas!
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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  28. Beautiful, I love your nativity. It is lovely. I do like the cat looking at the Christ child.
    xx oo
    Carla

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  29. I adore your Nativity scene! I love ones that tell many layers of stories and yours certainly does, down to the cat at the manger. For many years I had a mother and baby elephant in mine until my little granddaughter adopted them as her toys.

    Ah, how I wish I could relax as fully as Anya does!

    Merry Christmas, Su,
    Dewena

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    1. Thank you, Dewena. I would love to add an elephant. That's so neat. Merry Christmas. xoxo Su

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  30. Your nativity is absolutely wonderful.Love each picture...your cat is too cute.
    Merry Christmas,
    Caroline

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    1. Thank you, Caroline. I love setting it up. It is sort of like playing dolls again. Merry Christmas. xoxo Su

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  31. You nativity is gorgeous, Su. And yes, their faces have beautiful expressions.

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas :)

    hugs to you,
    rue

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  32. That is the prettiest nativity that I have ever seen!
    Truly! I absolutely love it!
    Merry Christmas Su!
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Cindi. I refreshed the stable this year. I hot glued new moss, and covered it with some of my dried flowers, and I love how it now picks up the colors of the figurines. xoxo Su

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  33. I agree with Cindi...definitely the prettiest nativity I've ever seen! Seriously your home needs to be in a magazine, Su. I love your Christmas decor so much!!! BTW your sleeping porch is beautiful, too.

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    1. Thank you, RJ. The nativity is fun to set up, sort of like playing dolls again. Two days! I'm going to try to get some baking done, and do something with all my lemons. xoxo Su

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