A Society Dedicated to the Christmas Nativity

ENGLISH/US BIBLIOGRAPHY 2015

THE CRÈCHE. A SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
ENGLISH LANGUAGE SOURCES
September 28, 2015 

 

Bang, Elizabeth
Christmas Doughcraft
London: Cassell & Co., Ltd., 1995
(step-by-step instructions for carrying out over 130
original salt dough projects, including a 6-piece
Nativity scene of the Holy Family and 3 Kings)

Christensen, Elizabeth Anne “Betsy”
In Manger Lowly. The Worldwide Christmas Nativity in
Crèche Art, Carols and Poetry
Bloomington, Indiana: Author House, 2011
Copyright Author, 2011

Christmas in Paris and the Provinces. Christmas
Around the World From World Book
Chicago: World Book, Inc., a Scott Fetzer Company, 2009
(mention of Nativities throughout book)

Christmas Journey. Nativities from Across Italy
New Haven, Connecticut: The Knights of Columbus, 2005
(catalog of exhibit at the Knights of Columbus
Museum, 2007)

Determan, Cecilia
Festive Fimo
Canby, Oregon: Hot Off the Press, 1992
(over 100 step-by-step photos show how to make a
Nativity scene with Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, and
3 Kings, among other holiday projects)

Dickerson, Claude Douglas and De Cavi, Sabrina, editors
A Nativity from Naples. Presepe Sculpture of the
Eighteenth Century
Fort Worth, Texas: Kimbell Art Museum, 2008
(68 pages of Catalogue of figures; bibliography)

Emmerich, Ven. Anne Catherine
The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Peabody, Massachusetts: Christian Books Today, Ltd., 2009
(the visions of the Nativity of Jesus experienced by
Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich, 1774-1824)

Goble, Fiona
Knitivity. Create Your Own Christmas Scene
Riverside, New Jersey: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2001
(instructions for knitting all figures in the Nativity
scene, plus templates for the stable and the manger)

Greenhowe, Jean
Jean Greenhowe’s Christmas Special
Aberdeen, Scotland: Jean Greenhowe Designs, 1991
(28 pages of knitting projects, including a Nativity)

Hildesheim, John of
The Story of the Three Kings – Melchoir, Balthasar, and Jaspar -
which was written by John of Hildesheim in the fourteenth
century and is now retold by Margaret B. Freeman
Woodcuts from a story published by Heinrich Knoblochtzer in
Strassburg about 1484
New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1955
Also a reprint, 1978
(first gathering into one book of the many legends and traditions
surrounding the well-loved medieval saints, Baltasar, Melchoir,
and Jaspar – appendix with historical information on John of
Hildesheim, his book, and his influences on nativity scenes in art)

Horn, Aloysius (founder of American Christmas Crib Society, 1925)
A Christmas Chronicle
Paterson, NJ: St. Anthony Guild Press, 1941
(stories from Before Christ through the Twentieth Century)

Howard, Linn and Pool, Mary Jane
The Angel Tree: Celebrating Christmas at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art
Photographs by Elliott Erwitt
New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 2011

Lafond, Jean Y. and Lafond, Ginette M.
The Great Nativity Scene Collector
Bloomington, Indiana: Trafford Publishing, 2008
(the magical journey of a young boy who learns the
profound meaning behind Nativity scenes – with
photos from the author’s collection of scenes from
around the world)

Layfield, Mary
Crochet O Holy Night Nativity
Big Sandy, Texas: Annie’s Attic Inc., 2002
(instructions for crocheting seven Nativity figures)

Lim, Ember and Lim, Patsy
Mini Knit Dolls, Book 4. Mini Nativity Knits &
The Story of Christmas Patterns
Internet: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011
(includes Baby Jesus in manger, Mary, Joseph, Shepherds
and Sheep, Angels, Wise Men, background scenes)

McCall’s Needlework & Crafts
New York: The New York Times Company, December, 1990
(instructions to cross stitch 8 free-standing Nativity
figures)

Mepkin Abbey
Finding Bethlehem. A Global Journey Through the
Mepkin Abbey Creche Festival
Moncks Corner, South Carolina: Mepkin Abbey, 2012

Metropolitan Museum of Art Staff
The Christmas Story
New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2009
(the Christmas story retold through paintings by some
of the world’s greatest artists – excerpts from the
King James Version of the Bible)

“La Navidad Mexicana en el Siglo XVI”
Mexico: Artes de Mexico, No. 157, Ano XIX / 1972
In English – “The Celebration of Christmas in Sixteenth Century
Mexico”
In French – “La Nativite Mexicaine Au XVIeme Siecle
(two chapters on the Nativity in paintings – footnotes
after each chapter in all languages)

Ratzinger, Joseph, Pope Benedict XVI
The Infancy Narratives. Jesus of Nazareth
Translated by Philip J. Whitmore
New York: Image, 2012, First Edition

Richards, J. Kirk
The Nativity
Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain Publishing, 2012
(17 original works of fine art, complemented by
text from the scriptures)

Roten, Fr. Johann G., S.M.
God Still Comes: From the Manger to the Heart
Design by Ann E. Zlotnik
Photography by Kenneth Breakall, Robert Breen, Jane Dunwoodie,
Dawson Powell, Nichole Rustad, Anne, Sventy, Sara Vrabel
Special Contributors: Clare Jones, Sr. Jean Frisk, S.S.M. Michele Devitt
Dayton, Ohio: The Marian Library/International Marian Research
Institute, University of Dayton, 2015

Roten, Fr. Johann G., S.M.
Mirror of Hope
Hanna, Kevin. The inspiration for this book is the art of Kevin
Hanna and his “Mirror of Hope” which is housed in the University
of Dayton’s Roesch Library
Photography by Robert B. Breen
Design by Ann E. Zlotnik
Dayton, Ohio: The Marian Library/International Marian Research
Institute, University of Dayton, 2012

Ulke, Viola
Making A Nativity Scene
Edinburgh, UK: Floris Books, 2014
(Christmas figures and animals for a seasonal display)

Weber, Susan Topp
Christmas in Santa Fe
Foreword by Tomie de Paola
Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith, 2010
(describes the Christmas season in northern New Mexico,
beginning with Thanksgiving weekend, continuing through
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and ending with Kings’
Day, January 6th – includes many photos of Nativities)

Weber, Susan Topp
Nativities of the World
Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith, 2013

Weber, Susan Topp
Nativities of the Southwest
Foreword by Tomie de Paola
Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith, 2015
(100 Nativities by Pueblo, Papago (Tohono O’odham), Navajo,
Spanish, Anglo artists – vintage map showing reservations of
the New Mexico pueblos, modified to identify nativity makers –
driving directions to the pueblos of New Mexico – index)

Weber, Susan Topp
Southwest Nativities by Pueblo and Navajo People from the 1950’s to the Present
DVD in English, German, Italian (Spanish to be added later)
Santa Fe: Susan’s Christmas Shop, 2011
(45 minute lecture including views of 153 Nativities – good companion to book
above: Nativities of the Southwest)