In case I haven't mentioned that we are a Catholic house, well, we are.
My grandmother-in-law had this statue on her hutch in the living room for many years before she passed away. She sewed the dress herself and decorated him.
It is called the Infant Jesus of Prague. Not the original, of course, but a Catholic Highlandtown tradition none the less. Much like the statues of the Virgin Mary in every garden in Rosedale.
Personally, I am getting one next year for our new garden as well here in Illinois. In fact, I have been able to spot the Eastern European houses around here either by the flags or the very brightly colored flower beds with a Virgin Mary statue standing watch.
Her prayer book and special rosary for the prayer are in the background of this picture. Here is a link to the prayer, if you are interested.
A part of the tradition of having the Infant Jesus watching over your house is to place money underneath his feet. In this case, a quarter was placed under his robes many many years ago. The hope is that the infant Jesus will bless you if you honor him.
Have you ever seen one of these in a house or do you have one?