#150 Barn Unto Us

Acquired 1996

In my years of nativity collecting, I have watched very carefully for unusual sets. I have seen Enesco's cow and pig line, but never a nativity set. I've even asked several times if one is available, always to be told “no”. This year while Bob and I were shopping in Grass Valley during our 35th anniversary weekend, we found a lovely shop called Jewells. There I found the most collectable figurines than I have ever seen in any other store. Right in the window was this precious nativity of cows, pigs, and chickens! I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Finally, Enesco created a barnyard animal nativity which we immediately added to my collection!The set is a combination of three animal lines by Enesco: Merri Moo Moos, This Little Piggy and Chickens. The hen and rooster are Mary and Joseph. A little chicken is Baby Jesus and the dangling star. The three pigs make up the three kings, and the cows make up the two shepherds and the standing angel on a bale of hay. The stable itself is a barn and the entire set is appropriately called, “Barn Unto Us”. Purchase price, $120.