Willow Tree® The Christmas Story set of two 26173


Willow Tree® The Christmas Story set of two of Joseph and Mary holding Baby Jesus 26173 is the Holy Family 26173 14.5" h

Willow Tree® The Christmas Story set of two 26173 is the Willow Tree Holy Family 26173 with Mary holding baby Jesus with Joseph by their side.

Susan Lordi's challenge is to honestly sculpt her feelings into a tangible form that will touch a universal chord and be meaningful to others

  • Materials: resin
  • Measurements: tallest 14.5"h

The Christmas Story

Her name is Mary. His name is Joseph. The baby, Jesus

The Christmas Story is the largest-scale nativity created by Susan Lordi. The two figures are approx. 15" tall, and are best displayed in the Sanctuary.

The expressive gestures of Mary and Joseph reveal their humanity, and portray their overwhelming emotion of love and protection for their newborn child. The two-piece set of Mary holding baby Jesus, and Joseph is the centerpiece of The Christmas Story. The figures are nearly 15” tall, and painted with richly layered colors. The elegant movement of Mary’s and Joseph’s garments, and their protective gestures bring this composition to the highest levels of sculptural art.

The pieces relate to each other when placed on the base of the Sanctuary. Mary is turned in toward Joseph, sheltered by his right arm. Joseph’s staff and cloak form a protective shield around his new family. Joseph’s left hand, positioned above the head of baby Jesus, shadows the curve of Mary’s wrist. This is a historically symbolic gesture of blessing and protection.

“The Christmas Story is a story from the past… but the overwhelming emotions of holding a new baby, starting a new family, and wanting to protect them forevermore are present today in every culture and every age. My hope is that the gestures of Mary and Joseph will represent these powerful feelings of love and protection.”