• National Christmas Center in Pennsylvania displays historical nativity sets year around

    Where to See Nativity Sets Year-Around in America

    It is easy to get into the Christmas spirit in December when carols are playing everywhere you go, and the stores are filled with holiday displays. But what if you want to keep the feeling of Christmas all year long? You’re in luck. There are some museums, churches and retailers in America that offer nativity

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  • Best Creche Exhibitions to Visit This Christmas

    We all often hear the question, “What is the true meaning of Christmas?” One of the simplest and best ways to contemplate the holiday is by viewing a creche display. It is difficult not to be moved by the humble and yet extraordinary circumstances of the night Jesus was born. Artists have represented the Holy

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  • Outdoor Nativity Store Sheep Get ‘Flocked’

    Can you imagine looking out your window first thing in the morning to find that your front yard was covered with more than 30 sheep? That’s the surprise that greeted many congregation members of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Evans City, Pennsylvania last spring and summer.  The sheep, which were from the Outdoor Nativity Store

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  • Idaho nativity set collector Richard Nourse

    1,800 and counting: Meet the Idaho Man Who Fills His Home with Nativity Sets All Year Long

    Richard Nourse admits he has always enjoyed collecting things, but over the past six years, he has gotten serious about the hobby. He estimates he has about 1,800 nativity sets – a unique and personal collection comprised mostly of thrift store finds. Nourse, who celebrates his 90th birthday in October, says he got interested in nativity

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  • How Senior Citizens Can Beat the Holiday Blues

    The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be a special time to get together with family and friends and to take part in fun, familiar traditions that include music, decorating, food and other festivities. However, for many Americans – especially senior citizens – the holiday season can bring on feelings of loss and

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  • outdoor nativity scene with light in snow

    Decorating for Christmas When Your House Is an Empty (Or Almost Empty) Nest

    For many young families, decorating for Christmas is a time for creating traditions. Little ones help hang ornaments on the tree. The oldest child may have the honor of placing the angel or the star on the highest branch. Each person in the family may take a role in setting up the nativity set on

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