The life size nativity set was new in 2009. It is hard work to get these made and boxed up, but it is just amazing to see the nativity displayed in this size. It is totally worth the effort. If you've got the budget and the space (not only display space, but also think about storage space because the box is huge) this is a wonderful display.
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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