For many, December means a time of giving gifts, decorating homes for the holidays, and celebrating with loved ones. At Gossypia, one of our favorite traditions is to decorate our homes by putting up our nativity sets in the weeks leading up to the holidays. Nativity sets make a great gift for those celebrating Christmas, and are the perfect way to make a home feel ready for Christmastime.
Nativity sets as we know them today are based on a tradition originated by St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century. After visiting the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem, St. Francis felt awestruck and inspired. He wanted to bring these same feelings to the people of Italy at Christmastime, in order to place an emphasis on the celebration of the birth of Jesus as the origin for the holiday. He conceived the idea of a live nativity in order to recreate the nativity scene, using real humans and animals as the participants, and his nativity scene was blessed by the pope. Similar displays became popular throughout European churches, and the humans and animals were soon replaced by statues. In the 18th century, King Charles III began collecting the increasingly elaborate Nativity scenes, and others soon did the same.
Today, nativity sets are used in homes, churches, and other locations to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmastime. At Gossypia, we feature a collection of nativity sets from around the world, with many priced below $100. Nativity sets would make a perfect gift at Christmastime, and would also make a wonderful addition to any household decorated for Christmas!