Christmas Nativity

23 Dec 2011

We finally got our Nativity scene up! I don’t think I’ve ever had this before (mom? dad? I can’t remember one…) and I thought it would be fun for Oscar. We have a couple of nativity books, and his favorite is a pop up book from Francesca Crespi.

We got our little people from a shop on Etsy. Goosegrease has really cute stuff – and I didn’t think we’d “paint our own” until I saw the diy kit for sale.

We used Oscar’s toy animals from Schleich.

The hanging angel is meant to be an ornament on the tree, but Oscar had the idea to suspend it over the manger. The barn/structure is made mostly of my “Santa Blocks” which I got from the big man when I was two.

I think I had the most fun painting the 3 wise men. Oscar did a lot of the coloring in pen, and I used those color decisions to paint. Mostly I painted over what he (and Lucy!) did, keeping their intentions when at all possible. Some of the paint colors I had weren’t as lovely as the crayola markers, so I just left it ink (the bright blue, hot pink and greens). They bled when I painted top coat over them but I worked quickly and it wasn’t too bad. We’ll see how they hold up. I loved the assortment of yellows and golds that came with the dolls. And I have lots of paint left over – what shall I paint next?

It was a super fun project and I’m so happy I found the time and got it done!

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