Global nativity range available at Liverpool Cathedral shop
Liverpool Cathedral Shop has for the first time brought together more than 30 nativity sets from around the world – believed to be the largest collection of nativities in the city ...
Liverpool Cathedral Shop has for the first time brought together more than 30 nativity sets from around the world – believed to be the largest collection of nativities in the city.
The shop has gathered a range of Fair Trade, traditional and children’s nativities of diverse styles, shapes and sizes, reflecting the cultures and Christmas traditions of the countries in which they were made.
Some of the nativities have come from as far away as Africa, India, Sri Lanka and even Bethlehem. There are also nativities made from pottery, bean bag nativities, colour-in nativities and ‘green’ nativities made from recycled newspaper and reclaimed wood.
Fair Trade nativities include an enamelled brass set from northern India, terracotta figures from Bangladesh, a bean bag nativity from the Philippines and a chunky, brightly painted children’s wooden nativity set from Sri Lanka. The shop has had a fantastic response to the nativities, all of which are on display, with people coming along just to see the different styles from around the world.
Gemma Malyk (above right), Stock Supervisor at the Cathedral Shop says that the collection is in response to growing customer demand throughout the year: “As a Christian retailer, we always have at least one or two nativity sets available year round, and they had been selling out. We then came across research that said ‘85% of people in the UK agree that Christmas should be called Christmas because we are still a Christian country’.*
"The choosing of a nativity set is also a very personal thing, and can make for a really memorable family experience. It is about finding the right one for you, and we hope that our range gives people that choice. ”
The shop is also displaying the stories behind each of the Fair Trade nativities, allowing people to find out where or how their nativity was made and which communities will benefit.
Gemma added: “Christmas is about spreading ‘joy to the world’ as the popular carol tells us; the Fair Trade nativities are a way of doing that and connecting directly with the makers through the Christmas story, no matter where they are in the world.”
*Figure from www.churchads.net
All nativities are available from Liverpool Cathedral Shop in person or from www.cathedralshop.com