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The Sanctuary Atelier, Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

THE NAVIDAD STORY


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Navidad Nativities have been featured in Country Living Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily Intelligencer, Nouveau Magazine, Local Living Magazine, Bucks County Town and Country Living Magazine, The Creche Herald, Catholic Faith and Family, Giftware News, The Fontanini Voice, The Saint Anthony Messenger, The Lehigh Valley Morning Call, The Bucks County Herald, on WFMZ television and many other regional and national publications and media outlets.  Navidad Nativities was also awarded first place for Best of Show at the Pennsylvania Holiday Show produced by Southern Shows nationwide.

The largest nativity created by Navidad can be seen at the Nativity Museum at Byers’ Choice, Ltd, creators of the world famous Carolers® figurines. Navidad nativity designs have also been reproduced and sold worldwide by Roman, Inc./Fontanini, the world’s largest manufacturer of religious goods.  Navidad's "Glencairn Nativity For The New Century" is part of the permanent collection at Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn, PA (glencairnmuseum.org).

Navidad Nativities make exceptional gifts all year long to commemorate weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions. Many families start with a stable or manger, with several figures, and add to the collection each year.

There is nothing more meaningful and memorable than a family joining together to display their own special nativity at Christmas.

In 1223, a humble friar named Francis created the first nativity on the hillside of Greccio, near Assisi, in Italy. From the simple devotions of St. Francis of Assisi to the magnificent craftsmanship of the Renaissance “presepi,” the nativity or creche has remained a symbol of faith and hope for centuries.

Navidad Nativities is proud to present a truly unique collection of remarkable, one of a kind, stunning heirloom nativities with classic realism, celebrating the birth of Christ.

Each one of these distinctive settings...known as nativities, creches, stables, mangers, krippen, nacimientos, belen, presepios... are created entirely in wood, with stone and other natural materials, in Navidad’s Bucks County, Pennsylvania Sanctuary Atelier, by Michael Joseph Stumpf and Anthony Joseph “A.J.” DiAntonio.  A selection of inspiring and distinctive nativity figures with hand-painted features and delicate beauty are gathered from around the world and meet Navidad’s discriminating approval for quality, scale, gestures, rich coloring and details.

Navidad has also produced many unique custom commissions, incorporating the figures we sell, as well as nativity figures that may have been in families for generations.  Navidad Nativities, stables and creches can be found in collections across the country.

 

Make Navidad Nativities a part of your family’s enduring Christmas tradition!

The Fine Art of Heirloom Nativity Scenes...crafted in America, with exceptional nativity figures from around the world.

 

ARTISTS' BIOGRAPHIES

Michael and sculptor Heinrich Demetz in Val Gardena at his Heide Studio & Museum

Michael and sculptor Heinrich Demetz in Val Gardena at his Heide Studio & Museum

MICHAEL JOSEPH STUMPF

Michael Joseph Stumpf is a native of Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  In 1988, after serving as Executive Vice President, he left a successful twenty-year banking career and opened his own marketing agency. He has served on over a dozen non-profit boards and is a three term past president and chairman of the 2000 member Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce.

Michael has been creating distinctive, custom settings for nativities since 1980, with research far and wide including Bamberg, Rothenburg & Munich in Germany and Val Gardena, Ortisei, Assisi, Naples & Rome in Italy. Navidad Nativities have been reproduced and sold internationally through 5000 retail locations with an exclusive licensing agreement with the award-winning Fontanini Division of Roman, Inc., one of the world’s leading producers of exclusive gift and decorative holiday products.  In 1998, Navidad Nativities garnered “Best of Show” at the Pennsylvania Holiday Showcase presented by Southern Shows.  In 1999, Michael was approached by representatives of the Vatican, to design and produce a Centennial Creche for the Vatican.  He has been represented by two prestigious showrooms at AmericasMart in Atlanta over the years.  And in 2008, he was invited to appear with his nativities on the nationally syndicated Martha Stewart Show.

 Navidad Nativities are part of private and corporate collections nationwide, including the Byers’ Choice Nativity Museum, where he was commissioned to replicate a 17th century Italian presepi in 2005.  Navidad Nativities have also been featured in local, regional and national publications.  Recently, Navidad nativities were featured at the Byers’ Choice Nativity Museum, for a special World Meeting of Families exhibition in conjunction with the U.S. visit of Pope Francis.  In November and December 2015, Navidad will be the featured nativity exhibitor at the iconic Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn, Pa.

Michael is now retired from the advertising industry and spends hours working in The Sanctuary, his studio, creating nativities and fine art in rural Buckingham, Pennsylvania.

A. J. DiAntonio in Val Gardenia, Italy with sculptor Daniel Perathoner, at Ulrich Perathoner

A. J. DiAntonio in Val Gardenia, Italy with sculptor Daniel Perathoner, at Ulrich Perathoner

A.J. DI ANTONIO

Designer and "Esteemed Nativity Collector" Anthony Joseph “A.J.” DiAntonio joined the Navidad team in 2013.  A.J. is a former Producer for Dakota Films, where he worked nationwide and internationally on creative projects,  including several Oscar opening videos.   

An Eagle Scout and committed to Scouting, he returned to Malvern, PA and now shares his expertise of Christmas traditions at a Christmas Shoppe in Chester County, PA. He has collected and built nativities since 1981 and his collection numbers more that 350 individual Nativity scenes and figures from around the world. AJ is passionate about nativities and his productionand set design experience are a major asset to the creation of unique pieces that reflectthe art of the Nativity worldwide.

 

SHIPPING, STORAGE & DISPLAYING


SHIPPING
All nativities are shipped double boxed, carefully packed and fully insured.  We will provide a final shipping cost to you in the confirmation of your order.  There is no foreign duty tax in the U.S. for importing religious items.

STORAGE
It’s important to carefully store your nativity. The shipping box can serve as a convenient way to store it when it is not on display. Never store the nativity in an attic, where temperatures can reach a hundred degrees in summer. It should not be stored
in a damp location either. The best storage location is somewhere in your home where heat and air conditioning are available. Your garage could work as well. Some of our customers store their nativities in large plastic bins, readily available from big box stores. Whenever you store you nativity, it’s always a good idea to add some moth balls (not crystals) to discourage mice or other occupants.

Many people leave their nativities on display year round. Dust on a nativity adds an old world touch. Never ever vacuum the nativity.

DISPLAY
One popular idea is to surround the outside edge of your nativity with small white lights, topped with fresh pine or greens. We have created nativities for mantels, dining room tables and sideboards, bookshelves, window seats,sofa tables and coffee tables.