9 Novel Nativities Unlike Any You’ve Seen Before…

Each holiday season, Ten Thousand Villages brings you novel nativities from around the world. Each nativity set is handcrafted in styles that celebrate craft and culture.

1. Coconut Shell Nativity

Novel Nativities | Coconut Shell Nativity

Carefully hand-carved from a coconut shell, the crafting of this nativity took some ingenuity. We have the talented artisans working with Rehab Craft Cambodia (RCC) to thank for the stunning Coconut Shell Nativity. Our fair trade partner RCC trains people with disabilities in handicraft production, providing essential career opportunities and fair wages that can otherwise be hard to find.

2. Regal Retablo

Novel Nativities | Regal Retablo

Retablos are three-dimensional boxes with figures inside depicting a story of either religious significance or everyday life. Our artisan partners in Peru are using this centuries-old art form to tell the story of Jesus’ birth in beautiful nativities. Intricately hand-painted in jewel tones fit for a king, the Regal Retablo is crafted by our artisan partners working with Intercrafts Peru.

3. Silhouette Nativity

Novel Nativities | Silhouette Nativity

Enjoy a silent night by the fire with the Silhouette Nativity. This nativity from India is simple yet stunning. A perfect gift for someone who likes to decorate for the holidays but doesn’t like anything over the top.

4. Large Coiled Paper Nativity

Novel Nativities | Coiled Paper

Add something vibrant to your mantle with the Large Coiled Paper Nativity. Crafted from recycled magazine paper, this nativity will leave the earth rejoicing! This eye-catching nativity is handmade by women in Vietnam who are able to work in their homes using this traditional skill, earning sustainable incomes while caring for their children.

5. Tiny Nativity

Miniature ceramic nativities are a specialty of Manos Amigas, our artisan partner in Peru. Decorating for the holidays is a lot of fun, but it can easily become overwhelming. Plus, all those decorations can take up a lot of storage space the rest of the year. Keep things minimal with the Tiny Nativity.

6. Recycled Sari & Hemp Nativity

Novel Nativities | Recycled Sari & Hemp Nativity

Make your space merry and bright with the Recycled Sari & Hemp Nativity. This eco-friendly nativity comes in a hemp crochet bag, so you don’t have to worry about misplacing a piece. Handcrafted by women working with our fair trade partner Prokritee in Bangladesh.

7. Cat Lover’s Nativity

Novel Nativities | Cat Lover's Nativity

There’s one in every crowd. The holidays are a wonderful time to spend with family – including the furriest members! The Cat Lover’s Nativity is a fun gift for your favorite feline fanatic.

8. Finger Puppet Nativity

Novel Nativities | Finger Puppet Nativity

Bring the nativity story to life in your nursery with the Finger Puppet Nativity from Peru. Each character is hand-knit and ready for imaginative play!

9. Follow the Star Nativity

Novel Nativities | Follow the Star Nativity

The Follow the Star Nativity is a creative interpretation of the nativity story by our artisan partners in Peru. Brighten up you mantle or holiday table with this shining nativity!

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Maddie Murphy

Madeleine lives in Lancaster, PA. Most of the time she’s reading, but occasionally, you might see her outside riding a bike.

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