Setting Up an Outdoor Nativity Set Made a Difference in Our Community
The Best Outdoor Nativity Set That's Made in the USA
This is a wonderful outdoor nativity set for your yard, your community, or your church yard. It is a white silhouette-style image made of marine-grade plastic and never needs painting or any maintenance. It is made in the U.S. and breaks down for easy storage.
Several Pendleton residents were interested in having one in our town. We wanted to put in on a piece of property coming into town that belonged to Pendleton Presbyterian Church. It is the perfect location and would be seen by anyone driving into our small, historic town. We looked at various nativity options, and the one that I am featuring here really caught my eye. One concern was that we wanted to be sure it was American made, so I emailed the company, and when I received a reply telling their story, I knew that this would be the right nativity scene for our town.
We were also concerned about storage and were delighted to find out that this set easily breaks down for storage in four boxes. Our area church members and friends came through with donations, and we are so excited about making this beautiful purchase.
This page is dedicated to all those generous donors who are making this wonderful thing happen for our town. May it remind all who view it of the real reason for the season.
We certainly enjoy this beautiful set, and it adds a lot to our community.
Placing Greenery Around Our Manger Scene
One year, we decided to ask everyone to place greenery around the scene. We think everyone enjoyed that. The men who put it up decided to raise the Angels and I thought they really looked great.
Should I Get a Large or Standard-Sized Nativity Set?
You can purchase one piece at a time, but make sure you are purchasing either ALL standard pieces or ALL Larger pieces
We chose the "large" version for our community nativity set. It arrived in four days. It sure adds a lot to our little town.
This standard size is 4 ft tall at its tallest, which is from the base to the top of the star. In reading the reviews, I saw that several people were worried that it would be too small, but were very pleased when it was erected.
Buy It Piece-by-Piece
This is the Holy Family, and you can also purchase the Three Wise Men, a shepherd with sheep, two Angels, a donkey, a cow, and a camel. This is the standard size nativity—be sure to look for the size when buying accompanying pieces so that they will match in proportion. All of the individual pieces and sets come in both the standard and the large size.
A Description of Each PIece
A good many people purchase the Holy Family and the set of Angels to start their set, with plans to purchase an additional piece each year.
Make sure you are buying the right size animals, angels, wise men, and shepherds to go with your Holy Family.
- Animals: The camel measures 22 inches tall. Of course, you may want to order more than one camel for your set. The standard-sized calf measures 20.5 inches and is a great addition. You might want to consider order more than one.
- Angels: The standard-sized Angels measure 27.75 inches. Our angels were mounted to trees this year, which really looked nice but one fell and will have to be replaced.
- Shepherds and Sheep: The standard-sized shepherd stands 27.5 inches tall and has two sheep with him.
- Wise Men: The Wise Men add a lot of dimension to the scene because of their varying heights. The two in front measure 28.5 inches and the 3rd one is 28.75. Once again, these are the dimensions for the standard size.
Make Sure to Save the Packaging for Storage Purposes
Carol Smith is checking on a storage container. We decided not to store in the boxes but rather get one large container that will hold them all with wheels. We feel like this will be a good investment and assure that the scene is well preserved from year to year. I went to the live online chat at the company website and talked with Steve who reminded me that the boxes were especially designed for storing the scene. I explained our reasoning in wanting one container on wheels and he said, "Just make sure it lays flat so that any heat it could be exposed to won't cause any bending.". We will definitely keep that in mind when storing!
NOTE: We realized that we were probably supposed to have opened the boxes on the sides rather than trying to pull out from the end. If we had opened it correctly, we could have preserved the styrofoam sheets that each piece was in and repack it in them. Going back and looking at this picture, I can now see that the top was meant to come off. Live and Learn, I guess. We still like the idea of a storage container on rollers. We will let you know how that develops.
I feel sure we aren't the only ones that have made this mistake. We were trying so hard not to mess up the boxes and guess that is why we immediately thought that we were supposed to open at the end. Maybe I will make a suggestion that the company create a video to include opening the boxes and repackaging for storage. Also, maybe an "Open Here" arrow on the box.
Update: Jerry Pounds took the whole scene up after Christmas and Carol Smith cleaned it. She said it was so easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth. Meanwhile, the Reverend Morton White slid each piece right back into the boxes with no problems at all. They decided to leave the Holy Family section in tact in the office area which isn't used much. Jerry suggested that some trees be planted to form a border behind the scene for next year. We will be looking into that possibility as well as the possibility of running electricity over there.
We could hardly wait to open a box and see what the pieces of our Outdoor Nativity Set were like and we were so pleased. They are really sturdy and well made. We played the video again showing how to install the stability kits. Morton says he knows how to do it so he will be leading the Work Session on Sunday afternoon November 18. Members of Pendleton Presbyterian will work to install the stability kits on each section and have it ready to move the lot across the street by the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Meanwhile, we will make sure that the Pendleton Area Churches and friends know about the dedication and send out the Thank You notes to our church members. I will be sending them to the donors from Pendleton United Methodist Church. Each church is in charge of their own acknowledgments. We are just overwhelmed with the generosity of the church members and friends and hope that everyone is pleased with the product.
Davie Kirkley will be checking out some Solar Lighting possibilities in case we decide to go in that direction. The other night, Carol took one of the wise men and had a friend to drive by the site while she held it. We were anxious to know how the car lights shining on it would look. She said that it was very dramatic so we may decide not to use lights.
Update: Griff's Farm and Home Center donated two spotlights. Thank you!
We actually raised more than was needed and have donated $600 toward the Magi Fund which provides Christmas for needy families through the work of many Pendleton Area Churches. The members of Pendleton United Methodist Church, Pendleton Presbyterian Church and First Baptist Church of Pendleton have all been so generous toward this worthwhile project.
After having Jerry and Morton to move the pieces from one spot to another, the ladies were finally pleased. Jerry thought it would look nice to have pine branches as a backdrop so he did that later in the afternoon and it really added a lot. Also, Hevy Mann added the sign that reads Merry Christmas - Pendleton Area Churches. We are still bothered by the phone company box and may try to find a tree or more greenery to cover it. Also, it seems that lights will be needed after all but we will get it all together. We really think it looks wonderful! The white silhouette outdoor nativity scene was definitely the right choice for us.
The border of the invitation is reduced coloring book pages done by some of the children during Children's Church one Sunday. We talked about the importance of the nativity scene, and I told them where it would be, etc. The older children created a model of it for us to use in deciding where to place each of the figures.
Pendleton United Methodist Church Children and Youth
Learning the real reason for the season!
These two streets into Pendleton get a good bit of traffic as you can hear in the video. All of us who pass by our nativity scene are reminded to keep Christ in Christmas.
Are They Dust Particles or Angels?
I took about 6 photos last night of the Nativity. The other ones were clear of orbs but not this one. I lightened it to see better and as you can see, they are everywhere.
My sister's response to seeing the picture: "Heavenly Host"!
I have read that there are people who believe the Digital Cameras pick up Dust Particles in the air and that is what causes these Orbs. I choose to believe that they are Angels. A friend told me that she believed that it was energy from the joy of coming together. What do you think?