See a nativity collection that brings joy from around the world on El Dorado Hills home tour

[DEBBIE ARRINGTON, Sacramento Bee]

Peggy Davenport’s Christmas collection started simply enough. In a hospital gift shop, a tiny depiction of the nativity caught her fancy. Made in Italy and barely 2 inches tall, this little creche was cast in pewter and framed in blue velvet.

“I was a volunteer at the gift shop and I just fell in love with it,” Davenport said of this nativity scene that sits on a windowsill. “That must have been more than 40 years ago.”

Now, she has depictions of the nativity all over her El Dorado Hills home. These creches come in all shapes and sizes and from all over the world. Together, they show how a simple story can be interpreted in endless ways, with a little imagination and creativity.

Davenport’s many creches – along with more borrowed from family and friends – will be on display during the eighth annual Homes for the Holidays tour. Set for Dec. 9 and 10 ...