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Monday, December 7, 2009

Inspired by the Season Two

Here are some of the pictures that didn't make the first group because I didn't want to overwhelm everyone if they didn't find nativities as interesting as I do.

These are handmade:

The ones in the foreground are from Africa and the picture doesn't really do them justice.

Here is another panoramic shot of it:

Snowmen nativities don't photograph well--for the record. They're too white.

Joy to the world:

The foreground one is made of copper and much cooler than it appears.

Here is a closer shot of the silhouettes I did.

A nativity in a seed pod.

A bunch of the glass nativities:

In front is an edible nativity--but I don't see that as a thing you generally want to eat. Maybe that's just me, though.


  1. I really like the JOY one for some reason. All those silhouettes, your hand must have hurt for a long time. I can see why they like your help with this. The attention to detail is incredible.

    I also find the edible nativity odd.

    Thank you for taking the time to upload the pictures and share them. I find blogger's picture formatting tiresome, but I am very grateful to be able to enjoy these. From the comments, I think I'm not alone in finding all the different nativities beautiful.

  2. I sketch really fast so, honestly, the cutting that I did was a lot more painful than the sketching. Luckily, others took over the cutting portion of it. Katie said she had to let someone else tear down the silhouettes because she couldn't do it. She said one of the guys helping with the take down protested their removal rather strenuously for being a guy in his early twenties.

    This is the third year our church has done it, and it seemed a little easier this year, but maybe that was just my impression. I did remember how much I hated setting up artificial trees. They cut your skin and give me a rash on my arms. It's one of those things you don't know unless you help set-up twenty or thirty trees. This year--I just moved them around and I still got cuts.

  3. That sucks (!) about your rashy, cut up arms. The effect of all the trees looked beautiful in the display, at least.

    Why doesn't it surprise me that you sketch really fast? :) I'm only a marginal sketcher, and not a fast one at all. I would have been one of your minion scissor helpers. But is there no way to save the silhouettes for next year?

    I just realized this comment has been on my laptop, stuck on wv, all afternoon. Pukey kid excuse.

  4. They all wanted to save the silhouettes, but I told them not to get all nuts. They had them stapled in, after all. Besides, once they rolled them, stored them, and unwound them--it would be more pain than it was worth. I just told them I'd do it again next year if they wanted.

  5. Your ladybug picture makes me laugh every time. I love the joy to the world one, too. But then I have a thing for snowmen.

  6. It would--and yet. I tend to find the snowman one on the border of sacrilege... and the penguin one dances around it. A ladybug baby Jesus might just push it over the edge. If it was decorated with ladybugs--maybe. Then again--ladybugs in Bethlehem--sounds odd.

  7. I think an edible baby Jesus pushes over the edge, but that's just me. :)

  8. I love nativities! These are gorgeous.

  9. I love nativities, too! I have one from Puerto Rico that inside of a pig. Love that one! Roasting a pig is such a big part of Christmas, kind of like a luau would be. Your pictures make me want to get out mine!