A tradition I learned from my mother and continued on I've always put out a nativity set. Though I enjoy all the fun stuff like Santa and the decorative elements I always remember the original reason for the season.
Two years ago I found this one piece version and liked the idea of it's compact size.
I set it by this same little pine tree last year and the candlesticks too. I like to keep it in a spot where it can be viewed easily and separated from all the other holiday decorating.
I found these gold mesh poinsettias at Bronners here in Michigan. It's a crazy big Christmas store. I like the simplicity of these flowers for this vignette. They clip on easily and work well with these ultra soft needles.
This is my other nativity set but I didn't use it this year. I also had a hand painted one Dan's mother made for me many years ago that I gave to my daughter and she now treasures it.