I want it to be wooden.
I want it to have both three kings & royal transport and humble shepherds & sheep.
And a donkey.
I want Joseph & Mary to be brunette (think of Jane Ray's illustrations)
Most importantly. . .
I want Mary to be holding her baby!
(I really dislike the idea of all these strangers staring at baby Jesus plonked down in a little 'manger')
Any ideas short of taking up whittling?
One year I painted matreshka style nesting dolls into Nativities for my Christian siblings and parents. Mary nursing Jesus was the biggest doll, and thus a Madonna and Child piece on its own for most of them. For my brother who does woodworking I put Joseph on the outside doll.
I've been keeping my eyes open for Years. I think you might need to get your whittling knife out.
So, despite my rant, I have no suggestions for you. Veggie tales has a really cute nativity scene. Totally not AP but darn tootin cute though. ALso there is a cute wodden one in the Love to Learn catalouge (www.lovetolearn.com) for like $8. Jesus is in the hay and I can't remember if any of the other details were right either but it is very kid friendly (MIL has one for my girls to play with).
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Mary is definitely holding Jesus, and all the hair is brunette. It has the ornate kings and stuff (including camels made of some special wood from Israel), and the humble shepherds and their animals. The dolls are unique and handmade. You can even have your choice of clothes color for Mary and Joseph. Each piece is sold individually, and quite pricy, with Mary and Jesus being one piece. The only thing is, the dolls themselves aren't wooden.
Do you know if you have a Ten Thousand Villages store in your city? It's a business run by the Mennonites which provides villagers in develpoing countries with a way of making an income.... Anyway, they have lovely wooden handcarved Nativities from around the world although I couldn't tell you whether Mary would be holding her baby or not. It might be worth checking into though...
One specifically for children, but not attractive to me at all.
Unfortunately in both sets baby Jesus was plonked down.
Thanks for your suggestions, everyone!
I know the right one is out there somewhere.