This book represents Betsy Christensen's sixty-five-year passion for viewing, studying, and collecting nativities (créches) from around the world. Her first significant créche was a hand-carved nativity she purchased in Switzerland after a summer's literature class in London. It began a passion for collecting and studying nativities from around the world, especially those reflecting unique cultural viewpoints of Christ's birth. At home in Michigan, when she became aware of many church friends' créches and a few artists who created their own, the Ann Arbor Michigan Créche Exhibit was born. That initial Créche Exhibit grew into a 25-year Christmas tradition, eventually displaying over 1,000 rotating nativity scenes, representing 111 countries by 2007, its final year. In addition, her passion had sparked créche exhibits in over fifty cities in North America. She has also been active in the Friends of the Créche Organization and was one of Michigan's early featured speakers. Later she also received an award from them for her efforts in promoting créche activities.
In Manger Lowly:The Worldwide Christmas Nativity in Cr?che Art, Carols and Poetry: The Worldwide Christmas Nativity in Cr?che Art, Carols and Poetryby Elizabeth Christensen
For the last sixty-five years Betsy Christensen has been a passionate créche (nativity) collector. In this book she presents 205 of her favorites. Some are beautiful, some interesting, some strange, even a few that you may consider to be weird. They represent many different countries, continents, and areas around the world. Also included are detailed
For the last sixty-five years Betsy Christensen has been a passionate créche (nativity) collector. In this book she presents 205 of her favorites. Some are beautiful, some interesting, some strange, even a few that you may consider to be weird. They represent many different countries, continents, and areas around the world. Also included are detailed descriptions of each créche. Often wishing she had more details, Betsy shares everything she knows about the artists and their créches. The nativities range from beautifully simple, to extremely intricate. All were fascinating to Betsy and were a thrill to discover. Créche collecting has been a popular pastime for centuries. For some time there has been a group called Friends of the Créche in Europe. The United States joined this group about a dozen years ago and now the group is strong here and collecting nativities is very popular. A quarterly newsletter, the Créche Herald, is now available to all.
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This is absolutely a superb book. It contains beautiful photos of a diverse set of creches, the work of artists, craftsmen, loving amateurs and commercial manufactureres. Many countries, cultures and media are represented. In addition to the wonderful "eye candy" are the thoughtful words selected to accompany each image. Because they are not the frequently seen hymns and poems, more thought and prayer go into reading them. As a perfect trifecta, notes on the individual creches make the book even more meaningful. I bought copies of the book for myself and two fellow chreche collectors who loved it as much as I. Although availability missed Christmas, this is a book for all seasons. It is one more contribution Betsey has made to the creche world, starting with her exhibit. THANK YOU.