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  1. A paper crèche classic — the Twelve-pointed Star Nativity

    One of the crèche world's gems...

     
    Simple construction — three pieces connect with tabs and slots — and beautiful art make the Twelve-pointed Star Nativity a favorite among crèche enthusiasts. 


     
    A smaller version of the Twelve-pointed Star Nativity from the Celso Battistini C. Rosa Collection features a curved front and mirror-image figures. (Photo by Celso Rosa.) It's always great fun to hear from my buddy Celso Rosa and ...
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  2. The Grecian Temple Nativity

    A rare vintage "theater" paper nativity in the form of a Greek temple …

     Classical columns support a pediment emblazoned with Gloria in Excelsis Deo! — the Grecian Temple Nativity. 
     Often, paper nativities were issued in many variations, but one suspects that the cell-block manger look just might be a modern addition — a new Czech edition of a rare vintage nativity. 

    Having grown up in the shadow of the Parthenon — not to mention that of ...
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  3. What's in a name? The Oinochoe Nativity

    Finding a beautiful vintage nativity is one thing; finding it in one piece — or a good name for it? — another…

     Rollover the image above with your mouse to see the vintage version of the Oinochoe Nativity — with the feathered headdress Magi hidden from view. 

     
    The original vintage ntativity: a torn, distorted and scratched Front, a Magi placed where he could not be seen. You'd think, in an economic crisis, paper nativity prices wouldn't ...
  4. Treasures from Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Mankato, Minnesota

    As if the beautiful stained glass — including the Nativity — wasn't enough of an inspiration, the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church museum offers us two ornaments to cherish…

     Roll over the image above with your mouse to see the other side of the Saint Anthony and Christ Child Ornament. 

     
    The Nativity window, Saints Peter and Paul, Mankato, Minnesota.

    As if the beautiful window of the Nativity — not to mention all the other ...
  5. An old scrapbook page holds a surprise — The Earthenware Jar Nativity

    Glued for eternity on a yellowed, tattered, album page a nativity is discovered amidst a cornucopia of colorful scraps…

     The star, so often missing in vintage paper crèches (extending above the stable it's often torn off) again shines on the two-layered, fold-out, Earthenware Jars Nativity. 
     The star shines againThe one-piece album Earthenware Jar Nativity sans all the decorations. A pleasant surprise

    Blooming roses, cornucopias brimming ...
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