World Nativity Traditions



A Gift Given




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Creation Date

circa 1958


cloth, wood, paint, burlap, straw

Exhibition Label

C. Douglas Strieter, Indianapolis, donated this nativity set to The Marian Library in 2008. In a letter he wrote: "[This nativity set] was made about 50 years ago by a resident of of the St. Joseph County Home in South Bend, Indiana. It was given as a gift to me late aunt Jane who was a nurse at the facility. It is all hand carved wood and decorated with articles found in the home. It is in good condition and one of a kind. I am interested in it being on display somewhere it can be enjoyed by the public." In some cultures, the noblest of gifts is a gift received, treasured, and given again to be anew treasured and shared. And so this nativity set is a moving symbol of the very meaning of Christmas. It is God's gift of self in his son ever received and ever shared.


Nativity set created around 1953 by an unknown artist in South Bend, Indiana. The figures are made from a variety of materials including wood, cloth, paint, burlap, and straw. Exhibition label originally written by Fr. Johann G. Roten, S.M. for exhibit entitled "At The Manger" and held at Roesch Library, University of Dayton.


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