MyNativity was started in 2008 as a family owned business wanting to provide outdoor nativity scenes to enjoy the true spirit of Christmas. The business came under new ownership in early 2021 and will continue as a small family run business providing a high quality product for our customers. We pride ourselves in our design, artistry, and quality. We are committed to providing superior products and excellent customer service. Our manufacturing, packaging, and shipping all take place in California. The original owner/artist will continue to be involved with any new figures or messages to keep all of the products uniform in design. We look forward to working with her for years to come.
- Nativity scenes available in 4 sizes: LifeSize, Large, Medium and Small
- All nativities are made of the highest quality PVC material.
- All sets can be assembled in minutes: no fasteners or screws are required.
- All nativity sets are shipped in a custom designed, compact box that can be used for storage between the seasons.
- The three largest nativities include the 3 piece star. The small nativity is a 2 piece star. All the stars not only look great from all viewpoints, but allow you to light them.
We are so pleased with these nativities. They are elegant, simple, and calm. No matter which size you choose, it is the best outdoor nativity set available. We know you will enjoy sharing the true spirit of Christmas.
Our Story written by the artist/original owner of MyNativity:
When I started this nativity business in 2008, I was so proud of the calm, simplicity of my design. It was so peaceful. At the time, I thought that adding more characters would just clutter it up, so I was very committed to not adding anything new. But, when inspiration comes, you just have to listen to it. I eventually started the tradition of adding a new character every year until I finally completed the set in 2015. I absolutely loved doing it. And knowing they have brought a lot of joy to a lot of people makes it even that much better.
Large Nativity Set
Back in 2006, my sister asked for a nativity set for Christmas so I went to work, trying to figure out how to make the thing, based on the pictures she'd sent. I didn't get it done in time for her to put out that year. But, she used it the next Christmas. Several of her friends and neighbors wanted me to make them one too.
I talked to numerous experts about alternative materials and I pretty quickly figured out that PVC should easily last... well... forever. And it's naturally white, all the way through, so there is no need to paint it. However, if you want to, it does take paint very well. It's got a real nice matte finish that looks and feels just like professionally painted wood. In fact, I get a couple emails per year from people who think I sent them a wood nativity when they ordered a plastic one.
This has been a lot of work but I'm so proud of this nativity and the joy that it has brought to so many people.
Medium Nativity Set
When I first started doing nativities, I was the only person selling outdoor, silhouette styled nativity sets on the internet and I enjoyed that "exclusivity" for 3 years. But then, the competition showed up. Somebody had copied but dramatically simplified my design, added all the other nativity characters which I didn't offer at the time and lowered the price…a lot. I started feeling somewhat protective of all the consumers out there and I wanted to do something, so they wouldn’t be “fooled,” like I was, by this new website/product. So I decided the easiest way to deal with the size difference was to offer a similar sized nativity to theirs. At the time, I did think it was just too small but I did it anyway so that I could offer another option to people looking in that price range. I wasn't willing to skimp on design or materials though, so I still couldn't quite get to their price. But I got close and I feel good that as long as people can find both of us they can now make an informed decision about which nativity they want to invest in. I have to say that I've grown to love the size. It's just perfect for smaller homes, courtyards, and indoors. Now, years later I'm very grateful to have a competitor out there because they made me better than I was.
Small Nativity Set
I wanted to create a Small nativity for many years. I’m just excited to have a smaller nativity that people can bring indoors. I think this nativity will be great on a fireplace hearth, under a tree, or on a table display. It is actually made of the exact same high quality PVC as the other nativities. It is “indoor only” because I am not providing tie-downs or stakes to secure it in the wind. It will stand on its own, just fine on a flat surface out of the wind. If you want to put it outside, the material is wonderful for that. You will just need to work out some way of securing it against the wind. The star is different than the stars in the other three sizes, but I really like it.
LifeSize Nativity Set
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 several people out there selling similar nativities now 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 material, is what makes this LifeSize nativity even possible.
I made and sold these nativities for 12 years now. I loved doing it and I'm so proud of them and how that undertaking grew. Over the years I added three new sizes, the donkey, angel, shepherds, wisemen, ox and several “messages.” I never expected it to grow like that but it has been a blessing in my life. 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. He wanted a LifeSize version of my nativity. I was very hesitant but somehow, he talked me into exploring the idea. I told my dad, the engineer, he 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. I called him and gave him the good news. Three weeks later I was shipping him my first LifeSize outdoor nativity set. Every year I looked forward to his call when he would order my “additional character of the year” for his hospital. Since then, he has moved to 2 different hospitals and he’s purchased the full LifeSize set for both of them. 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, Puerto Rico, and Canada. It's brought joy to a lot of people and that is what I did this for.
Mary & Joseph
The main inspiration for my Mary & Joseph figures came from the nativity set my mom put out every Christmas since I was a little kid. It sat on the coffee table in the living room. One of my favorite parts of the Christmas season growing up was to turn on Christmas music, turn off all the lights except the ones on the tree, lie on the couch, and watch the tree lights reflect off the gold leaf of my mom's nativity. It was so peaceful. When nativities became such a big part of my life, I asked her and it turns out that she made it herself. When she saw this nativity in the craft store, she bought it and decided to gold leaf it instead of painting it. Except for my grandfather's hearth clock, I don't think there is anything in my parents' home, higher on my "someday I'd like to inherit that" list than that gold leafed nativity set. It just brings back such wonderful memories for me.
The donkey was the 2009 addition to the nativity set. His story is a testament to how perfectly things work out when they are simply meant to be. In July of 2009, as I was driving to the store one day I started to think about the night Christ was born and what it was probably really like. I started to think about how quiet it must have been there. Earlier that summer we had gone "horse camping" and I remembered lying in the tent just before falling asleep and the only sound I could hear was the horses roaming around, chewing on the grass. And I realized that at those quiet moments in the manger they would have still had the noises of the animals. I know some people think the animals would have been aware of the miracle happening near them but I tend to think that they would have simply been living their lives doing what animals do. And that is so peaceful to me. Peaceful is the word I keep coming back to when I think of the nativity. At that moment, I decided that I needed to add the donkey and he needed to be grazing out in the field on his own.
I couldn't really tell you where the inspiration came from. But I can tell you that she was absolutely inspired. I've never had a design come so quickly and easily. She was my addition to the set in 2011. When I sat down to draw a nativity angel, I had in mind that I was going to draw a male angel with no wings, blowing a trumpet. I was planning on something like the angel on the top of most Mormon temples. But in less than 2 hours, I had drawn a female angel, with beautiful big wings, leaning slightly forward gesturing to the baby. It is so much softer and peaceful. I'm a little embarrassed that I didn't know she was the angel my nativity needed. But thankfully, my pencil did. She just quite literally, drew herself. It was a wonderful experience and she is the perfect addition to the nativity.
The standing shepherd was the 2012 addition to the nativity collection. I sent out a questionnaire to some of my past customers earlier that year asking them what they would want in a shepherd. Unlike most everything else I created for this nativity, I will be honest and tell you, this shepherd was a real bear. I struggled with him like nothing else I can think of, ever. I worked on him off and on for over 2 months. Things just really didn't click until I started to read a little about the history of shepherds. It turns out that in those days, the shepherd was typically young and poor. They were lower working class, humble. When you think about Christ's life, it makes perfect sense that it would be shepherds that would be invited to the manger that night.
So, I changed my shepherd to a young man rather than an adult. I took off the head dress that I'd had on him all along and showed his unkempt hair. I took off most of his robes and made the ones he did have more ragged and worn. A humble, quiet 16 year old, in awe of, but maybe still not quite understanding exactly what he was part of.
I don't know that a shepherd will ever bring the emotion to people that an angel or the Christ child and Mary will, but he was an important part of that night. God gave him the gift of being there. How amazing is that?
The wisemen & camel were the addition for 2013. I'd had a long time to think about the wisemen. By far, I got more requests for them than any other character. But from the beginning I knew that I wanted to add my characters in the order they show up in the Christmas story. So it was a long wait. With five years to think about it, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to draw. But, just as happened with the angel, it turned out that my ideas were completely wrong.
It was time to let go of my preconceived notions and just draw. And again, just as it was with the angel, once I let go of my own ideas the design just pretty much drew itself. None of them are what I'd planned on, but they are all what they should have been all along.
What I realized as I drew was that except for the angel, those wisemen were the only ones there who may have truly had a grasp on what was occurring. They knew the signs. They had travelled great distances, probably for years, to be a part of this story. They understood it to be a fulfillment of prophecy. A miracle that would change the world and, I believe, with that understanding came profound humility in the honor of being part of it. I've mentioned here that every time I draw a character for this nativity the word 'peace' seems central in my mind. But once I let go of my own ideas, and just drew these wisemen, the word that was constantly there for me then was 'humility.'
Father and Son Shepherd
This shepherd set was the addition for 2014. I'd known I was going to be adding another shepherd to my set for several years. One of my wonderful customers sent me a photo of a wood carving of a father and son embracing.
As soon as I saw it I knew I needed to add the father and little brother of my first shepherd. So I had to wait almost two years to complete my Shepherd family. By the time I sat down to work on them, I was just drawing what I'd seen in my head for well over a year. I could barely draw fast enough.
I love that my shepherds are a family. I love that this little boy gives us the opportunity to see the miracle of the nativity through a child's eye. I love this earthly display of a father’s love for his child as he kneels to share this moment with him, this moment when our Father gave us all the gift of His Son.
The nativity ox was the addition for 2015. I wanted to add him my second year, after the donkey but before the angel, shepherds, and wisemen. Traditionally, that would have been more appropriate. Records show that the very first nativity ever made was in the year 1223 in Grecio, Italy and it actually only had an ox and a donkey. Mary, Joseph, the baby, and the rest of the entourage were added much later.
I think it’s interesting that though much of the nativity characters are more tradition than they are biblically accurate; there is scriptural symbolic meaning to the donkey and the Ox being present at the nativity. According to the apocryphal Gospel of James, an ancient prophecy by Isaiah referred to both the ox and the donkey at the nativity. The ox served as a symbol of the Jews and the donkey as a symbol of the pagans, showing that Christ was born as a savior for all.
When I first started doing nativities I was very committed to the calm and peaceful feeling it portrayed. I think animals add to that feeling. The idea of animals nearby doing their own thing just feels very wonderful to me. So really, for quite a while I didn’t want to add anything more than the Ox and the Donkey to the set. But I just got too many requests and the inspiration came, so more characters came, and took priority over the ox. I was thrilled to finally add this ox and finally complete the MyNativity set.
The Christmas Messages were what I felt inspired to do when I was stubbornly determined not to do anything else. They were added in 2010. The previous year I had added the donkey and the LifeSize nativity. I wanted my nativity to send a message of peace and joy and not even come close to the commercialism that has unfortunately taken over the season. I just loved the simplicity of it. It was so peaceful and I was worried that adding other characters would hurt that.