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tommclaughlin

Our Nativity is the center of our Christmas Display

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Designed and built this Stable from scratch by combining ideas I saw from other's (at church, on the web, etc).  The figures came from Sam's Club a few years ago.  Every year I try to add something to it.  For example, this year I will use a new, much nicer star.  I'd like to add a nice angel, but so far have not been able to find an appropriate one....and I'm not sure exactly where I will put her if I do find one.

Any ideas/suggestions for additions/improvements are welcome!

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Thanks.  My wife told me I could live in it (she had no idea I was planning something to this scale).  Still looking for ideas to expand without spending a fortune...hard to find additional figures this scale (50%) like stable animals, camels, angel, Shepard, etc.  Any ideas/suggestions are welcome!

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I love your stable, I need to build me a new one this year, so I liked looking at how you designed yours.

They can be spendy but a good place to look for additional pieces for your nativity might be Bronners. They have them in 39 inches, half and almost full size scale.

http://www.bronnerscommercial.com/naandspdi.html

 

My nativity started one piece at a time. Eventually you will find everything that you want. 

I will love watching to see how your nativity grows.

 

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I have a full min nativity this year and still nee to build a 10' wide stable. Yours is nice and i really like your nativity pieces. I think you should add a light pointing directly to the front of it, and also if you stained that stable a littel darker i think it woud look a little better, here is mine from last year:

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Thanks for the replies and suggestions.  

That Bonners site looks like it would work, but like you said...very pricey....got the entire set of figures for less than one piece on that site!

MWALTZ - I made my stable 4' x 8' just so I could use standard sized PT lumber.  Built the elevated deck one year (so it can be seen over the landscaping), then added the walls/roof the next year.  It stores pretty well even keeping the deck, each wall and the two roof pieces as modular pieces.  My son and I can set it up in about 2 hours.  Thought about staining it darker...that's a good suggestion.  I do put spots on the front, but I think I need to make them a little brighter this year.

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I like your stable. It looks real nice. Stain would help it though. Here is mine from last year. It is so large that I have to spread it out and it sits out to itself in the lower part of the yard.

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Here's my nativity and stable. I built it last year using 2x4's, cedar fence panels and cedar shingles. It breaks down for storage, the roof is 2 pieces, each side wall and the back panel.  

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Jeff,

I think that would look really, really neat. I can just imagine all of the work it would take to make them Joseph, Mary, 3 Wise men, Shepherds, Angels, Baby Jesus and animals.

But oh the joy you would have with that displayed. The true meaning of Christmas there in your own front yard.

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Designed and built this Stable from scratch by combining ideas I saw from other's (at church, on the web, etc).  The figures came from Sam's Club a few years ago.  Every year I try to add something to it.  For example, this year I will use a new, much nicer star.  I'd like to add a nice angel, but so far have not been able to find an appropriate one....and I'm not sure exactly where I will put her if I do find one.

Any ideas/suggestions for additions/improvements are welcome!

EDIT: I'm sorry, I just re-read my post and it comes off a little critical and that is not what I had intended.  I love your Nativity, it is very beautiful and i can see that you have put a lot of blood and sweat (and $$$) in to it.  Kudos!

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Oh man I love Nativities and yours is especially nice.  I know Costco had a nice one for about $800 but that is out of my league.

If I were to add one thing to your display I would suggest straw - lots of it. Cover that beautiful floor (sorry) and maybe stain the wood to a darker color to put more focus on the nativity. I feel bad to suggest anything because it is very nice, but you asked. :)

 

Also, I think your star is good but if you could place it higher it might look better.  And if you could string soft white LEDs from the star to the manger it might give the feeling of the blessing from heaven to the manger.

 

EDIT: (number two) In our area we have a problem with people stealing baby Jesus so the word is wire the figure down to prevent theft.  Is that sad or what?

Love our nativity, the little Girl next door likes to come get in and just look.

 

 

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I love your nativity too.  Great creativity!

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