It's Christmas time and I'm decorating. I've had my manger figures for years and used them off and on. This year, there will be no sheep in our pasture out front so I decided to put my manger out where it can be seen by all passing by.
Away In A Manger
I have the complete set, right down to three camels. They are all made of metal and have held up reasonably well considering they sit out in all weather for approximately a month. The tall figures need help with support. They all come with bottom stakes and hinged supports on the back. The supports are not very useful so I take my garden bench and use it to help support.
I found a three piece wood frame to attach to the front of the bench. I'm using twine and wire to hold things in place. Then I needed to camo the bench. We have palm trees so I cut various lengths of fronds to fit around the bench and tied them on.
Then I started positioning Joseph and Mary, baby Jesus, three kings, the shepherd and his lambs and the three camels.
Even the camels (although they are all identical).
I use bricks to keep in place and an extra stake for the taller figures.
I also have an angel and she is tied to the top of the bench. I have a star too. It's plastic and battery operated. The last time I used it, it rained and ruined it so it won't light but it's still a star. I also have a solar spotlight to use.
Bought this flag years ago and pretty much sums up the meaning of Christmas for me.
I didn't like how flat the "roof" looked so I created a bit of a pitch by tacking two fronds together. I need to trim the "leaves". The star slides down on a stake that I've put behind the angel and tied to the bench.
I had fairy lights on hand so I wrapped those across the top, the star and circled the angel's head for a halo.
Pretty pleased how my solar floodlight is working for now. Really highlights baby Jesus asleep in the hay!
I had everything on hand to create this. I bought the set from Terry's Village about 7 years ago and that company is no longer in business but Oriental Trading Company carries the set. It is a bit pricey but it is holding up well with a minimum of rust forming. I coated it with a clear spray. I have to hope my dogs leave the lights alone. They have been tearing up my solar and string lights! Hope you enjoyed the Manger scene.
- Fronds (on hand)
- Bench (on hand)