My dear grandmother made my Christmas stocking from felt when I was just born 30 some odd years ago. I haven't found a stocking pattern I prefer, so Nathan and Urban got similar styles.
As I was growing up, my parents had a Fontanini Nativity set they purchased while living in Italy. My sister and I were allowed, even encouraged to play with all the pieces since they were made from a strong risen.
Several years ago, I started collecting my own pieces. Some pieces are similar to my parents, the Holy Family of course and the kittens and ducks. I think we have the same shepherd too, but my angel and drummer boy are two of my favorites. My wise men ride camel back and are luxuriantly decked out in jewels and robes. Perhaps i will do a post this season and introduce you to all my characters.
Urban has spent countless hours rearranging and renaming the figures. He thinks we need some palm trees and a grown up Jesus. We'll look at Christmas shops after season sales!
It looks like my nativity set will be just as used and loved as my parent's was!