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I began collecting nativities in the late 90s. As an Air Force wife, I had friends from many cultures. One Christmas, a friend placed several nativities out for display. I remember being captivated by them all, but one particular set caught my eye. It was from Africa, and included among the animals was a giraffe! I knew then that I had to have one. Almost 20 years later, I don't have a giraffe, but I do have many other amazing nativities. I love sharing them, and have always wanted to put up a virtual nativity collection.



Collectible Nativities
Collectible Nativities

Nativities from companies like Enesco, Fenton, and Willow Tree are specifically made to appeal to collectors. Collectible figurines are sometimes marked with serial numbers, dates, designers, or other identifying information, and packaging can include certificates of authenticity or registration cards.


Cultural Nativities
Cultural Nativities

Cultural nativities are grouped by country and generally reflect the lifestyle and culture of the area they come from. Many are handmade from materials found locally, such as banana fibers from Africa or huamanga stone from Peru.


Vintage Nativities
Vintage Nativities

Nativities in this category are grouped by date and contain an assortment of nativities dated from the 1970's and earlier.


Contemporary Nativities
Contemporary Nativities

This group encompasses everything that is not covered by the other three categories. They are not marked with identifying information or marketed as collectibles. They are mass produced and do not necessarily depict the country they were produced in. They range in date from newly produced to older items that aren't quite vintage yet. These nativities can move into other categories as they age and/or develop a following among collectors in the secondary market.


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