Martha Stewart shows off the nativity set she handcrafted while in prison



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Martha Stewart shared the Christmas nativity set to her TikTok account.Charles Sykes/AP

  • Martha Stewart recently posted several Christmas-themed videos to her TikTok account.

  • Stewart, 80, revealed a Christmas nativity set she made while in prison.

  • Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison in 2004 and released in March 2005.

Martha Stewart revealed a Christmas nativity set she handcrafted while serving time in prison during the 2000s.

The lifestyle mogul recently shared a series of holiday-themed videos to her TikTok account, including one video that showed off her nativity scene on Friday. Stewart captioned the video, “You’ll never guess where I made this nativity scene … Get ready for a storytime.”

“If you’d like to give a really beautiful and special gift this Christmas with a little street cred, they’re all inspired by — guess what — a set I made when I was confined,” Stewart shares in the video.

Stewart, 80, then picked up a nativity scene piece that showed her inmate number on the bottom.

“They still have my number on the bottom. These are exact replicas of a nativity scene that I made in my pottery class when I was away at camp,” Stewart said.

Stewart said the set she created while incarcerated was molded, glazed, painted, and underwent the firing process. She then showed off a 14-piece replica set she created that was glazed in white.

In 2004, Stewart was convicted on one count of conspiracy, two counts of making false statements, and one count of obstruction of agency proceedings. She spent five months in a minimum-security prison before five months of home confinement.

The conviction was related to a 2001 incident in which Stewart — after gaining information that was not publicly available — sold her ImClone Systems shares one day before their value fell. The US Securities and Exchange Commission estimated that Stewart avoided a loss of more than $45,000.

Martha Stewart leaving Manhattan court after her prison sentence.

Martha Stewart leaving Manhattan Federal Court after she was sentenced to prison in 2004.New York Daily News Archive/Getty Images

The Associated Press reported that prosecutors accused Stewart of lying about receiving the tip.

She was later released in 2005 and has since spoken publicly about her experience.

In 2004, CNN reported that Stewart shared a note about her prison life on her website.

“There is no real help, no real program to rehabilitate, no programs to educate, no way to be prepared for life ‘out there’ where each person will ultimately find herself, many with no skills and no preparation for living,” she wrote.

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