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Nativity scenes are my favorite part of the Christmas display. Anybody that wants to please post your Nativity sets (indoor or outdoor) right here :D

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The nativity above was originally from my grandparents house, and was built in 1965.   I recreated it exactly at my house, including the original Poloron and Beco figures.  The only thing I had to replace was the angel on the roof. The original was a Royal flatback  that got destroyed in storgage.

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My Classic BECO Christmas Display plus some other items thrown in. I am originally from Chicago area, Grandparents had a grocery store near Midway Airport for years. I spent the first 9 years of my life in OakForest. Bothe my Grandfather and father were avid Christmas Decorators. We had all Beco products due to the fact one of my aunts worked for BECO. I have always loved there products, it has taken me 3 years to replace the items we had when I was growing up. So I hope you enjoy my "Beco-Ful" display as much as my family does? I love Christmastime :)

 

Merry Christmas To All!!!

 

Regards,

 

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My favorite piece in classicchristmas67's picts are the church... for some reason i SOOOO want that church... and many more to go with it.. maybe make a full town as a yard???? just an idea for another year.. 

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My nativity set. I painted the Joseph many years ago. Just didn't like the pink robe. He lights up great! Love this ox and donkey!

Can't see your pics, MikeHolly.

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Fredo675 and DaveMal585, your sets look great! They look awesome lit up!

55cgas, your indoor set looks so nice. Really lovely.

Falcon christmas, love your snowman Nativity. Really cute!

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I bought it from a guy on Craigslist.  It's a Members Mark brand which I think Sam's distributes.  The tallest king is 34" tall and made out of cast plaster material.

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I would show mine. I am 16 years old and have about 200 nativity sets, I can take pics at request after christmas

Yes! I would love to see pics of your Nativities.

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