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  1. Christmas in July: a Mistletoe Christmas Diorama for Terri — and you!

    A sunlit 4th of July, a beautiful view, a delicious picnic, wonderful friends — and a Mistletoe Christmas Diorama for Terri…

     Terri Carlson, celebrating the Fourth in red-white-and-blue, with her Mistletoe Diorama. 

     
    Taking time out from the fireworks for Terri's mistletoe shoot — note the creative use, by Craig and David, of a kitchen towel for a scrim to soften the direct sunlight, and the colorful throw acting as a background, courtesy of ...
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  2. Collin, a six-year-old crèche enthusiast, inspires an Advent Cuckoo

    The Schreiber Advent House Calendar paper model — available at the Paper Model Kiosk — is pretty wondeful as it is: heart-decorated windows of a colorful, chimney-topped ginger-bread-like house open to reveal 24 wonderful "hidden" pictures. But we couldn't resist the temptation of adding a dial and a quartz movement to create an Advent Cuckoo Clock for a very special six-year-old crèche enthusiast named Collin…

    The colorful Schreiber paper model "Advent Calendar House" becomes a ...
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  3. An exquisite Nativity window, just one of the treasures of St. Mary's, Remsen, Iowa

    It stands on the village green, a magnificent church towering above the houses that surround it, just like the cathedrals of Europe. But this isn't a quaint town in the Old World, but tiny Remsen, Iowa, where, amidst so much to be thankful for, Luxembourger, French, Alsatian, German, and Irish Catholic Pioneers built St. Mary's in the praise of God…

    Embellishing our video frame are hand-carved wood images from St. Mary's Catholic Church, Remsen, Iowa — (from bottom, left) Meeting ...
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  4. “The Glory of Ukraine” — Icons of The Nativity from the Joslyn Art Museum Exhibition

    The Glory of Ukraine — "Sacred Images from the 11th to the 19th Centuries," from the oldest monastery in Ukraine, the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Monastery (also known as The National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Preserve), and the Andrei Sheptisky Lviv National Museum; and "Golden Treasures and Lost Civilizations," ancient artifacts from the Museum of National Cultural Heritage PlaTar — fill the galleries of the Joslyn Art Museum, in Omaha, Nebraska…

    In a perfect world, everything ...
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  5. A Free Download — Svatava Crèche No. 5, a paper nativity to print, cut out and enjoy!

    From the gifted brush of Svatava Vizinová comes a beguiling crèche, a Free Download for you to print out and assemble. Folk themes, a layering of colors, artistic playfulness, and fine rendering of lines found in podmalby — reverse-glass painting are echoed in Svatava's original crèches…

     Svatava's Nativity No. 5, above — a Free Download from Crèchemania.com — echoes the Podmalby tradition —painting on the reverse side of glass — one of Svatava Vizinová's specialties. In the ...
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