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    Show a picture of your nativity

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    Here's mine -- new for this year. I made the stable out of 2x3's and wood slats from pallets. It turned out much larger than I had first envisioned. I have no idea where I am going to store it after Christmas!


    That's an awesome Stable! I see you have some sort of system for keeping those blowmolds in place. Mind sharing?

    Oh, where's your straw?!?! LOL!

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    I still need a picture of my manger scene, but I have it under a leaping arch. I figure that way people need to view the nativity scene.

    I figure(I could be wrong though) that not to many folks on PC put their Nativity scene under arches.

    I am Canadian so I do things differently that the average person.

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    That's an awesome Stable! I see you have some sort of system for keeping those blowmolds in place. Mind sharing?

    Oh, where's your straw?!?! LOL!

    Thanks! I'm torn on the straw. Can't decide if I'm going to put some out or not. Trying to keep my grass from being destroyed. I move the pieces around every few days just enough to keep them from being in the exact same spot.

    See this thread for the "system" -- a little something my son and I came up with to keep them from blowing over and hopefully make them a little less likely to walk off. The pieces inside the stable are attached to the floor of the stable in the same way.

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    Here are a few pics of ours. This was our first Nativity and we hope to build off of it next year and make it much better. Really want it to be more of the center of our display.

    I love the detail! Great job arranging the set and the lights above it. :)

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