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Our New Nativity Set

I've been trying to curb my spending this year, Dear Reader. I'm a spender, and I prefer to resolve my troubles with a bit of retail therapy. Or food, but since I'm trying to lose weight, retail therapy is my resolution of choice. Unfortunately, Joe and I depleted our emergency fund this year (thanks to an emergency furnace replacement and computer purchase), and we really want to build it back up.

The discovery this week of a leaking roof, a car accident, and a malfunctioning oven have made other plans for our pennies, but I'd rather not talk about that, okay?

A few weeks ago, I received a Fisher Price catalog in the mail. On the cover of that catalog was a gorgeous nativity scene made of the Little People characters. I loved it, but immediately pushed it from my brain. We have several nativities already, and I am earnest in my attempt to spend less.

Day went by, and I totally forgot about the Little People nativity. But then, when Joe got our Christmas decorations out, he said, “Should we put out a nativity?”

I looked at him with a blank stare. How can we not put out a nativity? It's Christmas. You know, the season in which we celebrate the birth of our Lord? How can we not put out a display celebrating the nativity?

I'll tell you how. Our nativities are all glass, except for one that is porcelain. They aren't exactly durable or toddler-friendly. In our quandary, I mentioned the plastic Little People nativity I had seen, and Joe immediately responded, “Why didn't you buy it?”

So I went to FisherPrice.com, and I bought it. Right then.

I was really excited to receive it in the mail several days later. Grace and I tore the box open and looked at the characters and the animals one at a time.


I had been thinking only about Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, and the manger, but the set included a bunch more pieces. All of Grace's favorite animals were included: two sheep, a cow, a dog, and a donkey. She likes to hold them up and make their noises.


I love the faces on of all of the Fisher Price Little People; they are all so nice. Once we set the whole thing up, I wished that I'd gotten some of the accessory packages to go with it, but I might pick one or two of those up next year.

I am delighted with this Nativity Set. We keep it on display most of the time, but if Grace wants to play with it, we let her. When she gets it down, we talk to her about the birth of Jesus and the miracle of Christmas. It's exactly what I wanted – a display piece, a teaching tool, and a neat toy that she loves.

And sometimes, the doggie plays Away in A Manger for Baby Jesus to take a nap. You know, when the guardian angel takes a break.

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32 thoughts on “Our New Nativity Set”

  1. We got that set when my oldest was 3 months for her first Christmas… It has been our ONLY set and the girls love to play with it as it is a toy that only gets used on December… Love it!

  2. We got that set when my oldest was 3 months for her first Christmas… It has been our ONLY set and the girls love to play with it as it is a toy that only gets used on December… Love it!

  3. Love it! We got the same set for Noah this year, and opened it this week. It’s definitely his favorite new toy. And I have to agree, those little Holy Family faces are adorable! Of course, Noah’s showing a lot more interest in the sheep and the dog so far, and the MUSIC!

  4. Love it! We got the same set for Noah this year, and opened it this week. It’s definitely his favorite new toy. And I have to agree, those little Holy Family faces are adorable! Of course, Noah’s showing a lot more interest in the sheep and the dog so far, and the MUSIC!

  5. What a great idea! We were putting up decorations just a few days ago, and sadly I had to find a new home for my village houses and the porcelain santa mugs that were my mom’s. Was in the market for replacement decorations that will stand up to my mini-hurricane…I’m heading over to fisher price now!

  6. What a great idea! We were putting up decorations just a few days ago, and sadly I had to find a new home for my village houses and the porcelain santa mugs that were my mom’s. Was in the market for replacement decorations that will stand up to my mini-hurricane…I’m heading over to fisher price now!

  7. The nativity is adorable…and kid friendly! I had an antique nativity from the 1920’s….baby Jesus’ arm was missing {snapped off}…found in a toddler’s hand. Since then, plastic all the way!

    Thanks for the comment and shout out. 🙂

  8. The nativity is adorable…and kid friendly! I had an antique nativity from the 1920’s….baby Jesus’ arm was missing {snapped off}…found in a toddler’s hand. Since then, plastic all the way! Thanks for the comment and shout out. 🙂

  9. That’s so cute! I wish I had one of those when I was little. Perhaps for my future ones, that would be a wonderful Christmas gift, while telling the most beautiful story of all time.

  10. That’s so cute! I wish I had one of those when I was little. Perhaps for my future ones, that would be a wonderful Christmas gift, while telling the most beautiful story of all time.

  11. I love that nativity set too! I have been wanting to get it for LB, but it’s just not in the budget this year. I have great memories of playing with a wooden nativity set when I was a kid.

  12. I love that nativity set too! I have been wanting to get it for LB, but it’s just not in the budget this year. I have great memories of playing with a wooden nativity set when I was a kid.

  13. I’m so jealous! I really wanted that set and couldn’t find it in the store last year. Thanks for the reminder, I’ll be on the lookout now!

  14. I’m so jealous! I really wanted that set and couldn’t find it in the store last year. Thanks for the reminder, I’ll be on the lookout now!

  15. The FP Nativity is a great set isn’t it? I purchased one several years ago and it has been under our tree ever since. All my kids (age 11, 9 and almost 5) still play with it!

  16. The FP Nativity is a great set isn’t it? I purchased one several years ago and it has been under our tree ever since. All my kids (age 11, 9 and almost 5) still play with it!

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