I love the way this nativity reflects light. It is probably made of wood (best guess) and then covered over with some sort of metallic surface (silver-colored) and finally stained lightly. You may be able to tell that the pieces are “flat” — the base on each is about 1 inch by 2.5 inches.
While some of my nativity sets came to me from my Mom and others were purchased on some cool trip to a destination requiring a Passport and others were gifts, this nativity was a Hobby Lobby find when Dad and I were in Omaha, Nebraska for Thanksgiving a few years ago.
Hobby Lobby is one of those stores that I’m not allowed to go into unless I have a clear plan that includes a budget — they sell too many things that I impulse purchase too easily. Art and craft supplies. Cool stuff (like this nativity) to put on shelves and walls. Because there aren’t any Hobby Lobby stores in Orlando, I also have to consider how much space I have in my suitcase, a restriction that often saves me from myself.
Hobby Lobby. If you know about this store, you likely have an opinion about it. If you have one where you live and have never shopped there, you may still be aware of their holiday ads/messages. Beginning Easter Sunday, 1997, Hobby Lobby placed a full page message ad in all of the newspapers in which they advertise. The impact and relevancy of these messages is ongoing, and so they continue to make them available online in PDF format as well as links to the ministry Need Him and other helpful information.
Though I’ve never met David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, I have met Mart, his son, who founded Mardel Christian supply stores and Ethnographic Media and Every Tribe Entertainment. I tell you that not to impress you (I know better) but to say that, from what I know, these messages at Christmas and Easter are not a sales gimmick. The Green family are literally “evangelicals” in that they choose to be ones who share Good News.