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Sterling silver and jade nativity scene, 'First Christmas' (set of 7) (Guatemala)

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$454.95

Crafted by hand, the Three Kings visit the Holy Family on the first Christmas. A guardian angel completes the set of seven pieces. Pablo Castellanos works in gleaming sterling silver and jade, prized by the ancient Maya. This dark green jade with black flecks is known as "jaguar jade" and was used in good luck amulets. "This nativity scene is based in the profound roots of our forefathers and the Catholic faith introduced by the Spanish," the Guatemalan artisan explains. .925 Sterling silver

Ceramic nativity scene, 'Christmas in Blue' (14 pieces) (Mexico)

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$377.95

Illuminated with touches of gold, this 14-piece nativity scene is crafted by hand. Hector Iiguez is the third generation in his family to transform clay into a Christmas celebration. The Holy Family, angels, shepherds and the three kings are expressively hand painted and adorned with gilt. Three sheep, a donkey and a cow nestle near the manger.

'Christmas Day' (Thailand)

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$374.95

A massive elephant turns crimson to celebrate the holiday, his eyes sparkling with mirth. In the foreground, five tall pines wear festive ornaments and twinkling lights. Supachet paints a playful pachyderm portrait on Christmas day.

Ceramic nativity scene, 'African Christmas' (set of 10) (Peru)

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$134.95

Kneeling, Mary and Joseph rejoice for their newborn son. The Mamani Family portrays the Holy Family and cuddly baby in a charming set of ten ceramic figurines. Shown in a South America nativity, the Holy Family, shepherds and angels are depicted with African features, paying tribute to immigrants from Yoruba and Nigeria.

Applique Christmas tree skirt, 'Noel' (Peru)

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$129.95

Christmas vignettes adorn a Christmas tree skirt with Peruvian flair. Leonor Quispe depicts a shepherd leading llamas toward the stable where the Christ child sleeps in a manger. In another, Santa leaves presents beneath festive pines, and another depicts a peaceful hamlet in the Andes. Quispe works in the traditional art of arpillera (patchwork), with tiny figures crafted in three dimensions and embroidered. The colorful background fabric emulates traditional hand-loomed cloth.

Ceramic nativity scene, 'Beautiful Christmas' (14 pieces) (Mexico)

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$122.95

Illuminated with touches of gold, this 14-piece nativity scene is crafted by hand. Hector Iiguez is the third generation in his family to transform clay into a Christmas celebration. The Holy Family, angels, shepherds and the three kings are expressively hand painted and adorned with gilt. Three sheep, a donkey and cow nestle near the manger.

Ceramic nativity scene, 'Birth in the Chapel' (Peru)

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$112.95

Wearing warm chullo caps with earflaps, Joseph and an angel accompany Mary as she marvels over her beautiful newborn son. Feriberto Aylas sets the first Christmas in a New World chapel and dresses the Holy Family in Andean clothing. Exquisite details painted by hand distinguish this exceptional nativity scene.

Celadon ceramic nativity scene, 'Thai Christmas' (set of 9) (Thailand)

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$102.95

Celebrating the first Christmas in Thailand, Mary and Joseph welcome the magi, who bring gifts to the Christ child. A deva, or Thai angel, watches over the Holy family. Duangkamol crafts this elegant nativity scene.

Ceramic nativity scene, 'Andean Christmas Joy' (9 pieces) (Peru)

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$99.95

Like the attending angel and shepherd, Joseph wears a chullo hat with warm earflaps, and Mary wears an Andean shawl in this nativity scene by Dionisio Rojas Gutirrez. Crafted by hand, the charming set places the first Christmas in the Andes with nine beautiful figurines.

Wood display jigsaw puzzle, 'Christmas in Olinala' (Mexico)

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$99.95

Joseph stands watch over Mary and little Jesus as the Christmas star blazes across the heavens. An angel sings the good news and shepherds worship the Christ child in a colorful jigsaw puzzle, crafted by hand. Fernando Sarvide gives it the shape of gourds from Olinala, Guerrero, that are transformed into intricate lacquered works of folk art.

Pinewood nativity scene, 'Behold the Child' (5 pieces) (El Salvador)

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$92.99

Beautifully crafted and painted by hand, this eloquent nativity scene comes from members of the God's Seed Cooperative. Mary, Joseph and little Jesus each engage the viewer with a compelling gaze. The cow and donkey seem to understand the importance of the first Christmas.

Ceramic candleholders, 'Blue Christmas' (set of 3) (Mexico)

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$89.95

Crafted by hand of barro bruido (burnished clay), three candleholders celebrate Christmas. Artisans of the Garca Ochoa Family paint scenes from the nativity on each deep blue cube.

Applique Christmas tree skirt, 'Andean Christmas' (Peru)

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$89.95

The star of Bethlehem illuminates Peruvian skies with news of the birth of Jesus. The Three Kings journey through the Andes while shepherds and their farm animals keep the Holy Family company. Artisans from Santa Magdalena Association effectively capture the magical spirit of Christmas in this tree skirt. Expertly detailed, the ornament is sewn by hand with arpillera techniques, Peru's renowned appliqu. Three dimensional figurines are individually crafted from spare pieces of material, before sewing into the main composition.

Ornaments, 'Sacred Peyote' (set of 6) (Mexico)

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$83.99

Through the able hands of a master, generations of voices are echoed, representing the spirit of the jicuri, or the sacred peyote flower of the Huichol people. Higinio Hernandez employs bright beads to delineate this symbolic bloom, as cool and warm colors combine in balanced harmony. Sold as a set of 6, these Christmas tree ornaments will surely delight holiday company. Huichol culture is guided by pre-Columbian shamanic traditions linked to ceremonies performed in their storied past. The jicuri (peyote) is the centerpiece of Huichol ritualism, revered for its curative properties and its ability to enlighten the one who partakes of it. Higinio Hernandez and his family preserve their cultural heritage through expressive bead art, representing essential Huichol symbols like marra (deer), berika (eagle) and iko (corn). For these ornaments, each brilliant bead is affixed by hand to a unisel base, the resulting symmetry defying standards of patience and concentration. Care instructions: To prevent the tiny chaquira beads from coming loose, do not expose this piece to direct heat or light as it may melt the Campeche wax adhesive.

Ceramic nativity scene, 'Christmas Love' (Peru)

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$77.95

Mary and Joseph kneel before their newborn son, gazing at the infant with tenderness and awe. A shepherd with his sheep joins the Three Kings as they pay respect to the Christ child. Dionisio Rojas Gutierrez crafts this gentle scene in ceramic, clothing the young men in traditional Andean clothing.

Ceramic candleholder, 'Christmas Light' (Peru)

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$74.95

Modeled in ceramic and painted by hand, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus grace this candleholder. Alberto Aparicio Canchari crafts an exuberant design known as the "Tree of Life." Birds sing amid colorful flowers and an angel crowns this delightful work.

Wood sculpture, 'Christmas Tree' (Peru)

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$74.95

Tall and proud, an evergreen pine is the quintessential Christmas tree. Designed by John Barrow, this beautiful wood sculpture is carved by hand.

Wood ornaments, 'African Christmas' (set of 6) (Ghana)

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$72.95

Exalting Africa's rich traditions, George Obeng carves a novel set of ornaments. Each of the ornaments is unique, each is beautiful. Designed to bring a festive touch of Ghana to holiday dcor, the four crosses, an angel and a Santa Claus face arrive in a ceiba wood veneer storage box.

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