Friday, November 01, 2013

Finding A Special Decoration To Commemorate The Birth Of Christ

As the holiday season is quickly approaching, it is time to get the decorations organized and ready to place in the home. Christmas is a popular time to get the house ready to celebrate the birth of the Savior. Each family will have traditions or decorations that make this time special.

Some of the most popular items that a home will display at this time of year are nativity sets. These decorations began centuries ago. They were displayed at churches all through the year. In the mid 1500s, these items were made smaller and entered people's homes. Today's nativity scenes are made from wood, porcelain, or ceramics. They usually contain at least five pieces; the manger, stable, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus.  Other pieces are added to more expansive sets. These types of decorations are meant to help a person remember the true reason for the Christmas season.

There are various types of nativity sets available. A children's set will be the least complicated and usually will have the smallest amount of pieces. These basic sets are normally made from a durable and unbreakable material. They are the most common for indoor display.

There are specialty sets to choose as well. For example, Irish families would appreciate a unique Celtic nativity crafted from resin to resemble stonework found in Ireland. It would be a true keepsake and heirloom that gets passed down from generation to generation.

For the outdoors, a person may choose a taller set. This can be placed on the front yard for the entire neighborhood to see.  Intricate sets will be painted by hand. However, it is also possible to find a plastic or blowup version for an outside display as well.

When a person is searching for a high quality and affordable nativity, St. Patrick's Guild carries many different options.  It is possible to select a small indoor set or a larger outdoor display. Many families start a tradition and add a new piece to the collection each year. Other people like to keep things simple and purchase a stable with a few other key pieces. This type of decoration is a wonderful gift idea for a family of faith as well.

Nativity sets began when Saint Francis of Assisi celebrated Christmas in a stable. This was done to recreate the story of Jesus' birth. The tradition continues today.  Alongside the decorated tree and numerous lights, many families proudly display a nativity somewhere in the home during the holidays. Traditionally, a set will include Jesus, Mary, Joseph, a few animals, shepherds, and the three wise men. A nativity is one of the best ways to show a person's faith, since it explains the story of the Savior's beginning on Earth. Besides this meaning, they look great as decoration as well. There are numerous nativity options. Uncovering one at St. Patrick's Guild will be simple. Finding one that is unique and fits a family's character will be a blessing. It is something that will be cherished for many years.

Article written by Donnie Jackman
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1 comment:

  1. I mentioned in a post of mine weeks ago that I am planning to purchase a nativity set at our yard. It is great to remind the kids and adults alike what Christmas is all about. ♥