Christmas, the festival of the Birth of Christ, is irrevocably bound to many traditions around the world. The Nativity scene, lovingly set up beneath the Christmas tree, is a fixed part of the season in many households. It is said that it was St. Francis of Assisi who first had the idea, back in 1223, of setting up a representation of the Christmas story. This passion for nativity scenes blossomed during the Baroque period. As a means of illustrating belief, lavish scenes were designed and created under the guidance of Jesuit priests and set up in local churches. In time, smaller nativity scenes were also set up in townhouses and farms.
Today, there is as an endless variety of nativity scenes, but the main components have remained the same: the stable at Bethlehem and the Holy Family – Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus, the ox and the donkey, with the Shepherds and the Wise Men watching over them, in reverence and awe. ANRI offers many additional pieces to supplement your collection. These often borrow from different European cultures and allow you to personalize your set without disrupting the celebration of the original Nativity.
Karl Kuolt designed Nativity
featuring a traditional and
Ulrich Bernardi Original