Christmas comes but once a year and it really is true what they say… is it the most magical season of all! But while so many of us get wrapped up (quite literally) in the stresses and strains that the festive season brings, like shopping for the perfect gift (don’t worry, we have you covered), to preparing the turkey and all the trimmings, to managing family politics to ensure a silent night, often we can lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas.
While not all of you may be religious and celebrate the season as the birth of Jesus Christ, the fact is, these yuletide traditions all started with one of the greatest stories ever told – The Nativity. From Mary and Joseph riding to Bethlehem on a donkey, to the star in the night sky, no room at the inn and the baby asleep in a manger, The Nativity is one of the most iconic symbols of Christmas.
Many households up and down the country include subtle nods to The Nativity as part of their festive décor as they prepare their homes for Christmastime. From hanging ornaments to standing figurines to even full piece Nativity sets complete with Wisemen and Shepherds, the tradition of including The Nativity in the home is much loved by families all over, often with the decorations becoming heirlooms that are passed from generation to generation, evoking lovely memories of Christmases past, when they’re gently unwrapped from their storage and displayed proudly in the home for another year.
We have a wide and wonderful range of Nativity décor that yourself, family and friends are bound to love. Including hanging ornaments and figurines as well as large Nativity sets from a range of world-renowned artists – all at different price points to help suit all budgets at this expensive time of year.
Beautiful, colourful, impeccably detailed folk-art motifs is the signature style of American artist, Jim Shore. In his stunning Heartwood Creek by Jim Shore collection, there is a whole host of different Nativity-themed décor to enjoy. For a more subtle touch, we love the Nativity Star Onement. A piece to hang from your tree, wreath or garland, the star-shape perfectly frames the iconic scene of Jesus’ birth in the stable. With rich yuletide colours of greens, reds and starry-skies blues, you can include this piece in your Christmas décor year-after-year.
For more of a focal point in your festive décor, the Heartwood Creek by Jim Shore collection also carries some stunning standing figurines. A favourite of ours is Starlit Serenity (Angel with Holy Family Figurine). As the name suggests, this piece features a delicate depiction of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus carved into the skirt of an angel. With wings outspread and carrying a star in her hand above the loving scene, bringing peace on Earth and goodwill to all men. Created using delicate pastel tones, this piece is sure to blend perfectly with your existing festive décor and will beautifully completement other Christmas pieces from the Heartwood Creek by Jim Shore collection, such as White Woodland or Winter Wonderland.
Finally, this meaningful miniature Nativity is perfect if you want to make a big statement with your festive décor this year and in years to come. The Blessed Bethlehem (Nativity Four Piece Set) is a classic and timeless piece which is beautifully decorated with Jim’s signature combination of a rich colour palette and folk-art motifs. Crafted in magnificent details, this exquisite design tells the timeless story at the heart of Christmas, and will certainly become a family heirloom that is treasured as part of a festive tradition throughout the generations.
Of course, as we all know, building your collection of Christmas décor takes a little time. With each passing year, new baubles or figurines are purchased, so when you take them out of their boxes to display around your homes each festive season, you’re reminded of special memories – where you were when you bought a certain piece, who you were with, and how you felt.
The Nativity set from artist Susan Lordi in her acclaimed Willow Tree collection allows you to do just that. With 10 individual pieces to collect and build the full nativity scene, there are figurines including the Shepherd and Stable Animals, The Three Wisemen, and of course, The Holy Family.
One of the special features of The Nativity set from Willow Tree is that you don’t need all 10 pieces at once to recreate the story of the first Noel. You can choose which figurines you love the most and works best with your own personal style!
That’s the beauty of the piece. You can pick and choose each piece that works best as you build your collection. So while the scene retells the most famous story ever told, it’s presented in a totally unique and personal way, right down to how the individual chooses to arrange and display the pieces to re-create their very own Nativity scene.
You could opt for the Creche and Metal Star Backdrop to set the scene, or perhaps you’d rather the Little Shepherdess with her two lambs or the Ox and Goat figurines to help bring the stable setting to life. Either way, the options presented through Willow Tree’s Nativity range are endless, allowing you to build your own collection over the years while accumulating happy Christmas memories with each passing festive season too.
Remember, for happy couples hosting a winter wedding, figurines from Willow Tree’s Nativity range make for a perfect present too. Full of love, hope and heartfelt sentiments, family and friends can contribute with other figurines, or simply start the newlyweds off with their own tradition of collecting the pieces as each year they celebrate another Christmas and wedding anniversary together wrapped up in love.