Having a nativity scene is a beloved Christian tradition around Christmas time. Not only are nativity sets beautiful, but they also provide us with a visual reminder about why we celebrate such a miraculous holiday. The original manger scene was created by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223 with the goal of reminding people that Christmas isn’t just a gift giving holiday, rather a celebration of one of the most important moments in Christian history. According to St. Bonaventure ( d. 1274), Francis asked and received permission from the sovereign Pontiff to prepare a manger scene. He brought in hay, an ox and an ass and invited the people of the town of Grecio, Italy where he had prepared his presentation. His was the first outdoor nativity scene! Francis “preached to the people around the nativity of the poor King; and being unable to utter His name for the tenderness of His love, He called Him the Babe of Bethlehem”. Over the years, nativity scenes have evolved, been downsized for the home, and now take shape in many forms. Today you can find all different types of nativities, from large life-like outdoor nativity sets to smaller indoor nativity scenes, from one piece nativities to sets with entire villages.
Angel and Ralph Bailon, Kewa
Angel Bailon was born at Santo Domingo Pueblo (now Kewa), 25 miles south of Santa Fe to Edna Marie and Luciano Coriz. Angel is of Kewa, Jemez and Laguna descent, and shows at the Santo Domingo Arts and Crafts Show at Kewa Pueblo. Angel learned the skill of pottery making from her mother when she was a young teen.
After marrying Ralph Bailon, they became a team with Angel constructing their angels, ornaments, and spectacular nativities and Ralph painting them in the traditional Kewa geometric designs. Now, they are a family affair with their son joining in. The Bailon’s collectable pieces are all entirely handmade and are authentic Native American crafts.
Choose one of our many nativity sets for sale. Whether you are looking for an outdoor nativity set, a locally handcrafted wooden nativity set, a flat panel depiction (for those with limited space), or even a miniature nativity set, we have what you are looking for! However, Your set doesn’t need to stop there! We also carry the highest quality of Christmas nativity sets including life-like outdoor nativity scenes, children’s nativity sets, porcelain hand painted sets, and even locally handcrafted wooden nativity sets. Shop our hand-crafted Native American pottery nativity sets made by our local Kewas (Santo Domingo), angel nativity scenes, and Irish nativities. We carry full nativity manger scenes and simple nativity sets featuring only Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. Whether you’re looking to start your own nativity set, or add to your already large collection, we have everything you need! If you don’t see the perfect Christmas nativity scene for you, just ask, and we’ll see if we can find it for you!!