If you’ve been following our Christmas Notes, you’ll already have met this chap, El Caganar. He sits alongside beautifully crafted nativity figures gathered over the years from all over Europe. It’s a “look don’t touch” type of Nativity set that children (and one day grandchildren) will gaze at in awe.
For little hands though, a more child-friendly nativity set will help them learn the Christmas story (if you want them to) through play. Here are our favourites:
Fair trade children’s nativity set by Lanka Kade
This atmospehric hand painted, mdf nativity is robust enough for staging your own nativity play. Unlike a lot of children’s sets, the characters are not childlike and all the main players are there, including two pretty angels and some cheerful animals. Baby Jesus and the crib are separately carved and children will enjoy taking him in and out of his manger. £20.95 from Tickety-Boo
Nativity nesting dolls by Ingela P Arrhenius for OMM Design
Children love nesting dolls and these ones will be a colourful addition to a stocking for Christmas morning play. Durable resin plastic and cheerful retro design by Swedish illustrator, Ingela P Arrhenius, they will have a place in your Christmas decoration box years after the children lose interest. £19 from (the brilliant) The Kid Who
Carddies Nativity Set
We have long been big fans of Carddies (I can’t remember the last children’s party where we didn’t give Carddies). Ideal for travel or rainy afternoons, this set has 12 hand drawn characters for colouring front and back, a stable scene and great colouring pencils. Beautiful quality; we have never seen our children colour so carefully as when they have a box of Carddies. We also love that, like Grubbies, Carddies are a family business and made in Britain. Stocking filler perfection. £8.99 from Carddies through Amazon
Note 13: The Outlaws
Another Christmas gift for you. Until tomorrow, get 15% off Grubbies Outlaws, our baggy fit, low slung dungarees which are built for adventure and make little boys and girls look as cool as Christmas. Choose from toffee or poppy red piping and back pocket embroidery and enter the code "Outlaws15" at the Grubbies shop. Don't forget, there is free P&P on all UK orders until Christmas.