This nativity set is from the early 1950's and Stephen remembers this being out every year in his home when he was a young child. Our children also remember having this out at Christmas. I'm sure Stephen's parents never dreamed that this would be displayed in Russia.
On December 26, 1976, Stephen's sister, Claudia Nielson, and I went down to ZCMI to try and purchase a couple of Christmas decorations that were on sale for half off. Both of us were able to buy one of these great treasures. It was my first nativity set as a new wife and mother.
I've been able to add a few new Christmas decorations to my collection this year. These next three decorations were all hand carved and painted by Russian artists. That means six artists were involved -- three that did the carving and three that painted. I love their work.
This is the artist, Tatiana Zamanova, who painted the little Santa (Dyed Muroz in Russian) on the sled. I went to a Russian cultural class and they had her demonstrate painting the famous Matyoshka dolls. She was so darling. I was able to purchase this one pieces of hers.
Now the best 2010 Christmas decorations of all.............
Our Zone Leaders Council on December 2nd.
Our Sister's Conference on December 9th.
Merry Christmas from Moscow!