It’s cold outside, and it’s Friday.
So, it’s time to think about Nativity Sets. Yes, I know Advent isn’t here yet, but some of us prefer to plan ahead for such things, so as to avoid stress and anxiety later. Plus, I like to scatter the cost of Advent and Christmas over a couple of months, so December’s budget isn’t sky-high.
Since most of us are home all day long, this matter of Nativity Sets is important for a couple of reasons.
- We are Catholics, and as such, have some sweet liturgical seasons, which ought to be celebrated in style.
- This is about our children after all. What kid doesn’t like to mess around with nativity sets? Think of it as a hands-on, Montessori-style education.
- Lastly, in as much as we can, we ought to make the space around us beautiful. Hence, if you don’t already have one, buy a good, indestructible Nativity Set.
Now I am biased about nativity sets and strongly prefer Fontanini Nativity Sets mostly because I inherited a beautiful one, complete with a little stable, featuring an electric fire, along with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. But here is why Fontanini really is the best:
- It’s indestructible.
- Your children can chuck these beautifully painted pieces across the room. Not that my children would do such a thing…
- There are myriads upon myriads of sheep, cows, shepherds, angels, and villagers available to play with–er–for purchase.
- Did I mention that these pieces don’t break? (If you have boys, you will automatically know the importance of imperishable and everlasting nativity figures, or anything else for that matter.)
And so naturally one more question arises. 1.) Which is my favorite nativity figure?
The Drummer Boy of course is my favorite accessory piece. Everyone knows that a poor little drummer boy drummed on his drum for Jesus and Mary Christmas morning. Jesus even smiled at him. I’m pretty sure the drummer boy is in the Bible; in fact there’s a most beautiful song about it.*
Our family purchases a new figure every year, and this year we bought two camels. I would have bought three camels, because that makes the most sense, but our budget only allows for only two. We had to order them, however, so there not here yet.
Later next week I hope to have a post on a few more Advent things we do as a family.