Henning Norwegian Nativity

$ 498.00


Housed in a three-hundred-year-old timber home in the snow-covered hills of the Norse countryside, the shop of Henning carries on the Norwegian tradition of woodcarving.

Henning Engelsen began carving in 1947, initially inspired by the wildlife and folktales of old Norway. Not long after, he opened his shop, and called the wood-carving company “Henning.” It has been said that his dream was to create a world of wood-carved figures that radiate joy and humanity and inspire us to rise above the ordinary. His two daughters have carried on their father’s woodcarving tradition, carving the same figures their father did, having learned by carving at his side in their childhood and youth.

Look at the wise man, who has removed his crown to kneel to present his gift. Notice the young shepherd girl, tenderly holding her sheep. See the Christ child, his tiny hands clasped to his heart.

All figures are carved and painted entirely by hand.

This nativity includes all the pieces pictured here. To order pieces individually or to create a custom nativity set, please send us an email.

Creating a Tradition:

Each morning, hide a piece of the nativity somewhere in the home. Once the children find it, talk about that character’s role in the nativity story, perhaps over breakfast. Add the piece to the nativity before everyone goes their separate ways for the day.


Measures 12” in height.

Made of wood.

Made in Norway.