The Nativity Scene - a Christian Christmas symbol
"And it came to pass in those days...": That is how the Christmas Story starts in the Book of Luke, which belongs to every Christmas celebration. "So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger [...]" (NKJV)
This event was re-enacted very early in the history of Christianity. From the 16th century on, the Society of Jesus contributed to the spreading of this custom. Churches and royal houses soon followed this trend in modern Europe. The cornerstone for the development of the nativity scene as we have come to know it had been laid.
We have put together a nativity Scene out of 17 figurines, which will delight you each Christmas for years to come.
Hummel figurines have been made by hand in Germany, as the label says, since 1935, in Rodental in Franconia. The Hummel factory base their figurines on German Franciscan Sister M. I. Hummel's original sketches. Born Berta Hummel in the Bavarian town of Massing, Maria Innocentia Hummel completed her education at the Academy of Arts in Munich with top grades. Her sketches of children, which she saw in everyday situations, at play or in nature, are world-famous. Only the Hummel Factory is authorized to use Sister Hummel's sketches as a template and inspiration for figurines.