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Wow this thread is old but a good one. we will have to keep it going for this years displays i will like have um 4 to post lol

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ah shawn you just wanted to see if your nativity is posted in here.. you should post it set up in your living room : )

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Nativities are my favorite decoration to collect. Here's my favorite set which I aquired last year. This one is big but it stays inside.

How big is it?

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How big is it?

This is the smaller set that Mold Craft made. The kneeling figures are about 28" tall (the same size as General Foams mid-sized blow mold set). The standing figures are probably between 38" and 40" tall.

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Jen,

I don't have the larger molds, and certainly no room to store them. I saw the Holy Family at Bronner's last year and they are quite large (larger than the Empire and General Foam lifesize sets). I've attached a photo of the lifesize set. Personally I think the smaller set looks better because of the incredible detail that the larger set seems to lack (the same way I think the mid sized GF set looks better than the life size set).

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Sorry, I meant to add that the photo above is from an old Garrison-Wagner catalog from 1965. Using an inflation calculator, I figure it would cost about $9,000 if that set were available for sale today.

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Using an inflation calculator, I figure it would cost about $9,000 if that set were available for sale today.

Too rich for my blood!

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Here is a pic of ournativity.

Funny story: After I came in from my 2 hours of building it I told my wife that extreme home makeover has nothing on me. I built a house in 2 hours:laughing::laughing::shock:

I love your comment to your wife. : )

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Here's one I made as a gift last year.

Beautiful. I am looking for new ideas as we are limited for space, both in our display and storage. We purchased a 60" tall Holographic Nativity Scene a couple of years ago. It's OK, but I would love to replace it with something nicer. The lighting of ours is pretty dopey.

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Here is a few pics of 3 of my outdoor nativitys i will post more pics of them after i put them up in a couple of weeks. THe 2 large sets i just purchased this year.

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Here is a pic of ournativity.

Funny story: After I came in from my 2 hours of building it I told my wife that extreme home makeover has nothing on me. I built a house in 2 hours:laughing::laughing::shock:

Roman you need to send me yours i will spruce them up lol I like your stabe very cool . Although i dont think i will call you if i need a garage built lmao JOking :cool:

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I have the full set (Holy family, 3 wisemen, shepherd, 2 sheep, cow, donkey, and camel) of the nativity Wal-Mart carried the last few years. I have 2 TPI angles and an angel holding a banner that says "gloria" that i have no idea what brand it is.

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I have 2 TPI angles and an angel holding a banner that says "gloria" that i have no idea what brand it is.

That angel is also made by TPI for their Nativity.

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everyones pictures are so nice, now i might need to get one for my display

does anyone recommend a nativity syle i well not get blow up on tho but what eles is out thats very strong and can handle the weather good?????????

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This is not the whole nativity, but it is the majority of it

Jim, is that a wise woman or a girl shepard in the shorts!? ;)

Very nice Nativity BTW.

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