World Nativity Traditions



Magic Carpet


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Casual, colorful and coquet: the cotton backdrop has all the ingredients of the magic carpet it would like to be. One that sweeps you off your feet and takes you to the wonderland of Christmas magic, which is located, as this set suggest, on the ramp to heaven. It is densely populated, as suits the region, with the white armies of the heavenly hosts hailing the Holy Family. Shepherds and sheep follow suit, only the Magi are still at some distance. All of these visitors are the baby's "best friends" with the Christ Child, you have to be at least a little like the baby: unafraid to ride the magic carpet, playful, and a friend of the angels. Take a look at the pieces of doubled yarn. It represents quite a colorful pile and is ready for usage. Build your own magic carpet, it says, for you need it if you want to reach the heavenly ramp.


Resin nativity set created by Jeanette Richards and Sandra Penfield for Band Creations, Inc. Set was created in Lake Forest, Illinois. The date of creation is unknown. Exhibition label originally written by Fr. Johann G. Roten, S.M. for exhibit held at Roesch Library, University of Dayton.


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crèches, nativity scenes, nativities, At the Manger, figurines, Jesus Christ, Lake Forest (Illinois), United States

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