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Be Inspired : Something Old Something New

Be Inspired : Something Old Something New

We were so delighted to receive this photo from Shannon in Oregon - she has a vintage Holy Family carved in Obergammermau, Germany and displays it alongside pieces from the LEPI Venetian nativity collectionThe color palette and scale of her anti

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Ukrainian Christmas Tradition of Vertep and Shopka

Ukrainian Christmas Tradition of Vertep and Shopka

Ukraine has a rich history of Christmas traditions, with the Vertep tradition of the nativity play being among the most important.Vertep is the Ukrainian tradition of the nativity story presented using a puppet theater. The Ukrainian word Vertep is r

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Be Inspired : Anne's Nativity Collection

Be Inspired : Anne's Nativity Collection

Our dear friend Anne in Utah has shared her inspiring nativity collection with many throughout the years and she has been kind enough to send in photos of her recent Celebration of Christ display. The light of Christ is truly present in Anne's art

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Creating Your Nativity : Find Your Style

Creating Your Nativity : Find Your Style

Creating a nativity scene display for yourself of someone else? The first thing to ask is : What's my style? Or their style? Is is classic beauty with traditional elements and a timeless sense of tradition?  Or is it whimsical, unique

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Tradition of the Sleeping Shepherd

Tradition of the Sleeping Shepherd

While not as common as the regular shepherds in a nativity display, a sleeping shepherd is still a figure often scene. Where does this sleeping shepherd tradition come from?You're probably familiar with the many references of shepherds within the bib

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Advent Calendar Traditions

While Advent doesn't actually start on December 1st, an Advent calendar always does - at least any we've seen. The first Advent calendars were created in Germany in the mid 1800s. The countdown to Christmas was often signified by lit candles

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Independent Retailers Week 2017

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING INDEPENDENT RETAILERSIndependent Retailers Week July 16th to 23rd, 2017In today's fast & furious world of big box stores, chains, and mega-retailers, we know you have a myriad of shopping choices. THANK YOU for choosing t

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Who was Josef Lada?

Our Josef Lada nativity scene has just come back in stock - what better time than now to talk about the artist behind the scene.Josef Lada was a self-taught illustrator from the Czech Republic and his art was inspired by his surroundings growing up i

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Why do traditional nativity sets have a bagpiper?

Many traditional nativity sets include a bagpiper, and this may be a little puzzling for folks who don't know the tradition of the zampogna. Why does a nativity set have a bagpiper?My great aunt's nativity scene, which I display every year, includes

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Our 1st Nativity from Ireland - What Took So Long?

Within the past few months, the folks at YonderStar have been hard at work getting ready to launch the new website. And Brett has been scouring the globe for new countries to add to our Nativity Scenes Around the World showcase.Just a few days ago we

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Thank you for following Yonder Star - Welcome!

Welcome! We began Yonder Star in 2000, with a passion for nativity scenes. We began with a just a small offering of classic and unique nativity sets. We slowly expanded to include outdoor nativity sets and Fontanini. In subsequent years, Yonder Star

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