361 Maple Avenue
Elmira New York 14904
Our number one line in nativities, Fontanini Heirloom Nativity pieces can be purchased individually, making them the perfect gift to add to each year. Also available is a set specifically designed as a child’s first nativity and another that is a wedding set. Others prefer to put together their own set. We have had scores of customers who appreciate the child-proof material they are made of. The Lesso Family has used their set to teach their children the true meaning of Christmas and the gathering of the nativity figures to the stable in time for Jesus birth on December 25 is a wonderful family tradition.
Since 1908, the House of Fontanini has created magnificent old-world sculptures treasured by collectorsand revered by worshippers all over the world. Today, Emmanuele, Alessandro, Luca, Marco, and Stefano Fontanini are the fourth generation to lead the celebrated House of Fontanini in th village of Bani di Lucca, Italy, where it was founded nearly a centry ago. Priding themselves on building family traditions, these young men are honored to follow in the footsteps of their fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfather.
Breathtaking in detail and workmanship, Fontanini Nativities are comprised of lifelike figures and historically researched structures in eight different sizes that together present an extraordinary step back in time to biblical Bethlehem. With more than 120 figures and 42 different structures available in the 5-inch scale, families can create nativity scenes that are uniquely their own. A delightful accompaniment to each 5-inch figure, Story Cards offer fictional accounts of characters lives at the time of Christ’s birth. Supporting the sharing meaningful traditions centered on the true meaning of Christmas, Fontanini has for nearly 100 years helped families make memories they cherish forever.
Our number one angel line by Susan Lordi also has a Nativity Set that has sold out before Christmas (and nationally) for 3 years running! The basic nativity set is a six-piece set. Additional pieces to purchase include a creche, metal star backdrop, three wisemen, and a shepherd with sheep and camel. A favorite with brides, this set presents a more modern look in nativity sets.
Artist Jim Shore’s Heartwood Creek collection is truly heartwarming art that has garnered nation-wide popularity. The Heartwood Creek collection with its folk-art inspired designs, intricate patterns, and warm country colors blend to create truly charming collections. With the Heartwood Creek collection you will find timeless symbols of the meaning and magic of Christmas including traditional motifs, folk-art themes surrounding Halloween or the most traditional of American holidays, Thanksgiving, brought to life. You can also find whimsical figures such as mischievous cats or barnyard animals, beautiful angels, or the patriotic line pairing traditional Americana with Jim Shore’s trademark styling. Heartwood Creek is sure to have something for everyone with each highly detailed creation featuring colorful quilt patterns and a handcrafted look that appeals to those with traditional, family-oriented values.
A native of South Carolina, Jim Shore utilizes his skills as a portraitist, sculptor and folk artist to create his unique and creative collection in his Heartwood Creek collection.
A self-taught artist, Jim worked as an engineer before turning his full attention to art. He has painted in a variety of media including watercolor and egg tempura, a technique made popular by artists Andrew Wyeth and Bob Timberlake. Jim has also perfected his technique in silver and gold-smithing, wood carving, stained glass, furniture making and sculpting in stone.
With this diverse background and experience, Jim has become an accomplished artist. He has created portraits for the governments of both North and South Carolina. As the creator of the popular pencil Santa line, Jim changed the look of Santa in the early 1990s. He is an active member and president of the Yorkville Artist Guild. His work can currently be found in the collections of corporations and universities across the United States.
At The Christmas House we pride ourselves on the selection of stables that we carry. If you aren’t sure what size your figures would look best in, we encourage you to bring one in and we’ll help you choose the stable that is perfect for your set.
We also carry a selection of other nativity sets that have all that you will need to have a complete nativity scene ready to set up and enjoy. One new set for children is made of felt and the figures of the nativity scene are done as finger puppets. The beautiful blue felt pouch keeps all of the pieces together when not in use. Our selection changes regularly though so stop by and see what’s new and what’s everlasting.
361 Maple Avenue
Elmira New York 14904