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December 19, 2014

Nativity and Santos Cage Doll







A few of you noticed the wings on my Santo's Cage doll in my Christmas Tree post earlier this week.
Did you know that originally, Santos were created for use as in-home altars.  They were needed in small villages that did not have a priest, as well as for when it was not possible to travel to church, such as during times of war.  Their development flourished in Europe  in the 1700's and 1800's, primarily due to these wars.  (source)

I found a cross to add to my doll this year. 

 I used two candle rings to decorate the bottom and a flameless candle.

The little wings came from the same on-line source called Mothology as the cross.   The table topper came from my Mother's.  She's always had a good eye for picking out nice things.

 



Away In a Manger




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10 comments:

  1. Just beautiful, Liz! The Nativity set is so pretty! Merry Christmas!

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  2. Your Nativity is Gorgeous and Awesome in its Simplicity. Like in Bethlehem...
    It was wonderful to learn the story behind the Santos. Many people still have Saints and Altars at home in our Country but we don't have anything like it and I like it very much. One day I'll have one. I always thought they were an awesome creative piece of decor. Now, to learn the story behind it I will HAVE to have one :)
    Enjoy the Season (there's so much magic in your home right now and the pictures turn out beautiful)
    Teresa

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  3. Gorgeous, Liz! You know how I love nativities, and yours is soooo beautiful!
    The Santos looks perfect decked out in the wings, how creative! Wishing you holiday blessings.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  4. So very beautiful Liz....Have a great weekend!

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  5. Hi Liz, just beautiful, Love your nativity and the candle holders. Your Santos doll is really a special treasure. How nice to find the cross to add.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Hugs

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  6. Liz, this is beautiful. I have always admired your Santos cage doll. Your nativity set is lovely. You do have quite the collection of Christmas items. Merry Christmas.

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  7. Hi Liz! What a beautiful spot! I love your pretty Nativity and the Santos doll looks pretty with the little candle in it. I didn't know anything about a Santos til I stated blogging and thank you for giving me more info on them. Merry Christmas, sweet friend.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  8. Your Mother had a good eye, and so do you! The Nativity scene is striking and looks so pretty in the center of those angelic candlesticks. The Santos doll is EXTRA special with the addition of the wings and cross!!! GORGEOUS vignettes that I am sure bring peace, joy and serenity into your home this Christmas season!

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  9. You have such a beautiful home!! All of your decorating is so gorgeous!

    Blessings,
    Gert

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