This particular form of artistic expression has been practiced since the twelfth century to depict
events of varying importance to the people who create them, from normal everyday life and
everything you could expect from that to defining moments in religious history that shaped the world
as we know it.
But these labors of love and craft are as varied in the exact tools and materials used to create them
as the number of scenes one could choose for inspiration.
From the live Nativity Scenes started by Saint Francis of Assisi to the great mechanical crèche of
Josef Probošt seven hundred years later, the number of ways one can use crafts to create the scenes
and sets, and capitalize by putting those nativity scenes for sale, opens the possibility of being
creative to almost anyone.
Those experienced with a carving knife could get short cylindrical-shaped logs and carve them into
figurines, creating nice mantle pieces for a Christmas Nativity Scene. These are relatively easy to
make as they do not require much in terms of preparation and allow for a wonderful crafts project
for the whole family.
Or, perhaps if you’re a little spent on resources and have a few small clay pots and golf balls lying
around, you could use them to create simple but quaint scenes to put on display during the holiday
season. These are fantastic for those who want to put some effort into the celebration of the birth
of Christ but are still on a tight budget.
You could even make some of the children laugh by being silly and slapping some googly eyes on the
set pieces for some harmless fun and to bring some joy to the kids.
You might possibly be more interested in putting on a show for the neighborhood, not in a full-blown
theatrical nativity scene, but in a manner with less of a spotlight on you as a person, but nonetheless
fun and also entertaining for the children…sock puppets, whether of the finger or full hand variety,
are relatively easy to make and only require a few pieces of string or other odds and ends and some
glue to become one of many recognizable Christmas Nativities. This is another low-cost option that
puts emphasis on speed and availability over design and quality, but it is an option.
Anything that brings joy to a child’s face, or brightens a dreary mood, even a simple sock puppet,
serves a wonderful and beautiful function in these days when we should share our joy and cheer.
Perhaps if you grew up with Hasbro Play-Doh and are nostalgic for that musky dough smell and the
glop that stuck to our hands as kids, then you could use that, too, to make your Nativity Scene. This
certainly is among the easiest options and also requires the least amount of preparation time
compared to the other alternatives presented. Of course, the effect will vary depending on your skill
and Play-Doh craftsmanship.
Once again, this is a project that will get kids involved and give them a creative and productive
outlet for their otherwise Santa-crazy brains as they await the arrival of their presents on Christmas.
The process will probably be messy, but one really ought not place a cleanliness criteria on the joy of
children enjoying themselves and maybe also learning something about the birth of Christ