Nativity Sets


With Christmas just weeks away and the focus very much these days on commercialism, I for one want Small Boy and Baby Girl to know the reason behind it all. The Baby Jesus bit. What better way than to get a set of nativity figures to tell the story. With this in mind I have been looking at sets and have been lucky enough to get a couple to review.

The best value in my book is the set of traditional Nativity Figures from Lakeland Ltd. This set is NOT a toy but a beautiful set of resin figures, in lovely pastel shades with beautiful detail. They wouldn’t be suitable for tinies but even Baby Girl, aged 3, has been very gentle with them. There is no stable but if that’s what you’re looking for, it’s an excellent opportunity for a crafty snowbound hour or two. These figures were, surprisingly, Small Boys favourite. He said they were ‘proper’, by which I think he means like the pictures he sees in books. Retailing now for just £7.99, I don’t think you can go far wrong with these.

If you want to splash out a bit more and you want to play ‘Nativity’ with your kids, it would be hard to resist the Soft Nativity Set from Aspace. It is an adorable and very tactile set that comes in its own, beautifully decorated, soft stable. The figures are just the right size for little hands and, cleverly, have beans in the base which makes it easier to stand them up. They are bright, shiny and glittery with great smiley faces which would entice even the most reluctant child to want a closer look. A great investment, recently reduced to £26.25, which I would be happy to bring out year after year.

Incidentally, if you wanted a book to go with your set, our favourite is The Christmas Story from Usborne (ISBN 9780746069868). With its colourful illustrations and two levels of text, it’s perfect for sharing with your little ones. Mine love it.