First, I have to say that I am very proud of the fact that nobody else does or (I believe) even could offer a lifesize silhouette styled outdoor nativity set. There are people out there selling similar nativities but none of them use a material that is capable of supporting itself at this size. The material I use is much stronger and stiffer than similar materials and that quality, is what makes this lifesize nativity even possible.
I have been making and selling outdoor nativities for 7 years now. I love doing it and I'm so proud of them and how much what I do, has grown. Over the years I've added two new sizes (with one more to come) and the donkey, angel, shepherds and wisemen. I never expected it to grow like this, but it has been a blessing. The lifesize came about my second year. That year I got a call from a very kind man who worked for a hospital in Florida. He had found my nativity set online and loved it but it was just too small to put in front of a large hospital complex. Just the week before, I had had a nursing home buy four of my nativities so they could put one in each courtyard of their facility and provide each of their residents with a view of one. I tried to talk Aldin into a similar idea, but he was very clear on what he wanted. He wanted a lifesize version of my nativity. I was very hesitant but somehow, he talked me into exploring the idea. The critical question was if the material I use came in thick enough pieces to support an outdoor nativity of that size. It turned out that they did make a 19mm sheet, which is unusually thick for this type of material but I still didn't believe it was enough support for the manger posts considering the wind the nativity would deal with outdoors. So, I called him back and told him I couldn't do it and be confident that it would last. But later that week, I was telling my dad (the engineer) about Aldin and my dad suggested that I could laminate a second piece of the material where it was needed for support and it would be fine. With the right glue, this material bonds like a weld so I could actually make the manger posts as thick as I wanted. So, I worked with my dad for a few days until we had a design that would work. Then I called Alden and gave him the good news. Three weeks later I was shipping him my first lifesize outdoor nativity set. Every year I look forward to his call when he orders my “additional character of the year” for his hospital. I'm very grateful for the push he gave me to do this. I have now sent lifesize nativities all over the country, including Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. It's brought joy to a lot of people and that is what I do this for.
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