‘Tis the season of joy, long vacations from work, and holiday music in every department store
across the nation. Christmas is right around the corner and, with such a momentous annual
event taking place, there comes a special chance for those interested in honoring incredible
female figures in Christian history and making decorative Ceramic Nativity Sets.
We’re suggesting finding inspiration for your next crafts project in the tales of inspiring
Generally, when one thinks about a female saint, there are a few heroines that come to mind,
inevitably starting with Joan of Arc.
The leader of multiple important victories for the French Army during the Hundred Years War,
Saint Joan of Arc, the “Maid of Orleans,” became a legend in her own right as she and the
soldiers, she lead battered the English opposition with her timeless strategy that a good
defense is a strong offense.
Joan was a woman who fought for her people despite the cultural and social norms of the
time, who took an arrow to the neck on the battlefield, got up and continued fighting, who
had a cannonball dropped on her head as she scaled the side of an English keep and continued
on her way up, a woman who remained undeterred by anything on her road to victory.
And while her victories and valor did allow Charles the VII to be crowned King, she died
burned at the stake as a witch at the hands of the English, and twenty-five years later, at the
behest of her mother, an official inquiry concluded that she was a martyr. Five hundred years
later she was canonized as a saint and remembered as a hero and a woman who stood as an
inspiration for all and someone definitely worthy of her own Nativity Scene Set.
Another saint one can look to for inspiration is actually one of the first followers of the man
who created Nativity Scenes.
Saint Clare of Assisi, a follower of Saint Francis of Assisi, is an Italian saint and the founder of
the Order of Poor Ladies, an organization of religious sisters. This was a monastic order, and
members of such orders have to renounce their worldly possessions and materialism, and
dedicate their entire lives to the cause.
The Order of Poor Ladies, or, as it was renamed after the death of the saint, the Order of
Saint Clare, was a Franciscan Order, a religious group that focused on the teachings of Saint
Francis, who Clare of Assisi met and joined on his mission, giving away her life as the
daughter of a wealthy Italian count, and donning the robe and veil of sisterhood.
She lived a life of modesty and prayer, resisting attempts by her father to bring her back to
her former life, saying that she wished to spend her life serving Jesus Christ and the church.
Clare was a woman who knew what she wanted in life and understood the value of pursuing
her own personal journey, rather than continuing in her life with a wealthy father, and then a
wealthy husband when she inevitably would have been handed off in an arranged marriage.
She chose her own path in a time when that was inconceivable for a woman and, whether you
agree with her path or not, she was an extraordinary and admirable person, certainly special
enough for someone to design a ceramic candle holder or figurine based on her and in her