Both of us are fond of Hummel figurines and we knew we wanted to own a Hummel Nativity. Our first Christmas together, we bought the Holy Family because three pieces were all we could afford. Each subsequent Christmas we bought one figurine until the time came when we could afford to complete the set. We found a stable at an estate sale and purchased the palm trees from another collectable set. We have been lucky in that we managed to raise two children and four dogs and still have the intact set with no broken figures.
Our Hummel Nativity Collection
We bought a small and inexpensive hand-pinched clay Nativity for our future children even before we had any children. Over the years this set delighted our growing children. The excitement began each year as we brought out the box containing the figures. Our son and daughter alternated choosing one figure at a time. The biggest triumph was selecting the Christ Child. All during the Advent season, the children would rearrange the figures. The only rule about arranging the figures was that all of them had to remain on the table. So at a given time, one might find Baby Jesus anywhere.
This is the most common arrangement.
My husband bought this inexpensive Nativity in a fair trade shop. All items in the shop were handmade by women in South America who otherwise would not have meaningful work. I just love these fat little figures.
The Holy Family, an Angel, and some Lambs
We have other Nativity sets but we rarely display them. Perhaps the smallest one is also the oldest. It is one I purchased for my parents when I was ten. For years it was called "Carolyn's Little Manger Scene," by my Southern Baptist family. No photograph of it, since it's packed away.
I love bringing out Christmas decorations that we have used for years. Not the least of which are ornaments made by our children when they were small. Each one is treasured and my now grownup children still move them around on the Christmas Tree, making certain each ornament has a conspicuous spot on the tree.