My New Willow Tree Nativity Set

I’m so excited! Want to know why?  Because I received an early Christmas gift from my mom!  She totally, totally spoiled me!  She bought me the NEW Willow Tree Nativity Set!! 

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you may recall my Missing Christmas Décor Post from last year.  I talked about the set in that post.
I’ve been wanting the Willow Tree set for FOREVER! I was hoping for the smaller one and then I saw this one at Hallmark and totally fell.in.love. with it.  It’s larger than the set that I’ve wanted and it has color in it, which I LOVE!
AND I have this incredibly talented father-in-law who totally spoiled me too by building the Sanctuary for my new set!
and my sister bought me the stars and the angel.
I just had to show you a close-up of the pretty ornaments that I found at the Dollar tree this year. These are tree ornaments, but I just added them to the garland around the nativity set.
My new Nativity Set sits on a table in my entryway
and serves as a constant reminder of the TRUE Reason for the Season!
I LOVE it!! A big, huge thanks to my mom, my father-in-law and my sister! Thank YOU Ten times over!

I’m debating whether I should paint the Sanctuary or leave it as unfinished wood.  Originally I told my father-in-law to use unfinished wood that I could paint, but after seeing it, I'm undecided.  So help me make a decision.

What do you think? Should I paint the Sanctuary?  OR stain it? OR leave it the way it is? If so, what color would you paint/stain it?

Come back later this week to see my 2011 Christmas Décor’ Home Tour.

May you be a little inspired! Until next time,
Linking to some of my favorite parties


  1. Beautiful! I love painted stuff but I really like the natural look it has right now. So my vote is to either just do some kind of clear finish so it's protected or do a stain that closely matches the color it is now. Either way, congrats on your new gift:)

  2. I think it's lovely just the way it is.

  3. That nativity set is beautiful. What a lucky girl!

  4. Oh my I love the angel! So beautiful! A great set & wonderful gift!

  5. So blessed! And I would leave the wood plain, it looks like it was made to be that way. Just my opinion!

  6. In your house I think the sanctuary should be stained just a tad darker than natural. I've been wanting a nativity set for a long time and really like this one.

  7. It looks so 'right' as it is. No paint.

  8. Hi DaNita. It's all beautiful but I especially love the beautiful creche/sanctuary your FIL built you. I too like the unfinished wood or you could possibly stain it a darker worn brown. But I love the look of the wood. I know you'll cherish this for years to come.

    Merry, Merry Christmas...
    Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

  9. I forgot to say how much I love way you've displayed it with all the beautiful accessories. Andy that beautiful entry way cabinet is the perfect spot for it. Love it.

  10. I really like the natural look. It's beautiful!!!!

  11. Beautiful set! I like it the way it is. Maybe something without color to protect the wood.

  12. I also saw this Nativity set at my local Hallmark just this week and both my kids and I loved it! But I have the smaller set and am working to have that complete set. I had to repurchase the primary set last year b/c of several pieces being broken and last year Mary getting knocked to the ground and shattered :-( (lond story but it was an accident). So maybe someday I'll be able to add this one to the collection when I have more $$. :-)
    P.S. Just discovered your blog and love it!

  13. Lucky girl, I adore their products! Very beautiful set you have ;)


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