RECIPE: Marshmallow Melted Snowman Cookie

March 4, 2013

My Nativity, outdoor nativity scene, holiday nativity decoration, Christmas outdoor decorationFor this time of the year, when the snow is just starting to melt and the idea of Spring is in the air, these Melted Snowman Cookies are PERFECT! So many have had a total blast decorating these cuties. They love the ability to be creative.  Click here for full recipes and tutorial.

Comments:

  • For the nose I bought the candy orange circus peanuts. It was easy to mold it between your two fingers to make a “carrot” nose. Mini chocolate chips and m&m’s make fun buttons. For a fun twist we used the twizler rope candy that you pull apart and made some scarves. I wish we could post our own pictures. Happy Holidays to all.
  • We had a few super melty marshmallows, so we added “top hats” made of mini oreo cookies on Havilland chocolate covered mint wafers, to cover up the overly melty portion.

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Medium Size Outdoor Nativity Set

November 27, 2012

This is actually the standard/typical size of most other nativity sets being sold over the internet. I had always thought it was a little too small for an outdoor nativity, but last year I decided that I wanted to at least provide people with a choice. So, for the first time I offered my nativity in this size and it was a huge success. If your yard is small or you want to display a nativity on your deck, patio or even indoors, I think it is a great choice.

Medium Size Outdoor Nativity Set, Nativity Scene Outdoor

Beautifully detailed medium outdoor nativity silhouette,
made from the highest quality marine grade solid PVC available.
Designed and manufactured in the USA.
47″ wide x 42″ tall (to top of star) x 11.25″ deep.

For a discounted price and NO additional shipping cost, select additional items below to ship with your nativity.
(“Merry Christmas” and “Noel” are both too large to fit into the the Medium nativity box. If you would like to add them to your shopping cart, please go to Additional Characters and I will ship them separately.)
Donkey ($22)
Angel ($40)
Shepherd Set ($48)
“Peace on Earth” ($18)
“Joy” ($30)

  • Shipped in a custom designed 37″ x 22″ x 4″ box that can be used for storage between the seasons. 
  • Made from 10mm & 13mm marine grade, PVC material. This should last long enough to become an heirloom. 
  • Can be assembled in just a few minutes or less
  • No fasteners or screws of any kind are required. Joints slide together and are secured in place by 4 tie-down points and stakes hammered into your soil. Ropes & stakes are provided (but if your soil is particularly sandy or wet, you may need to get larger stakes).

For more information please visit the Medium Size Outdoor Nativity Set webpage.

Christmas Greetings and Customs in Iceland

November 27, 2012

Iceland Christmas Custom, Nativity Scene Outdoor

Greeting: Gledileg Jol (Merry Christmas)
Custom: Icelandic children will decorate their homes with Christmas pockets and little stairs for the elves which they believe visit their homes from December 12 through December 24. The elves leave gifts in their shoes.

Large Outdoor Nativity Set

November 20, 2012

This is my original size. It is quite a bit larger than other nativity sets being sold on the internet but it’s my favorite size. It is big enough to really be seen and make that statement, without being too bulky or difficult to handle and store. I believe that “bang for the buck”, this is the best deal. I’ve made and sold almost 1000 nativities this size over the past four years, so I’ve got the process pretty streamlined now. I’m very proud to say that if you compare prices, you will find that this nativity set is less than half of what equally sized nativities are sold for even though the quality of this one is far superior.

Large Size Nativity Set, Nativity Scene Outdoor

Beautifully detailed large outdoor nativity silhouette,
made from the highest quality marine grade solid PVC available.
Designed and manufactured in the USA.
66.75″ wide x 60″ tall (to top of star) x 16″ deep.

For a discounted price and NO additional shipping cost, select any two of the items below to ship with your nativity.
(You can go to Additional Characters and add more items to your shopping cart, but I can’t fit more in the nativity box, so they will ship separately.)
Donkey ($45)
“Merry Christmas” ($18)
“Peace on Earth” ($18)
“Noel” ($30)
“Joy” ($30)

  • Shipped in a custom designed 52″ x 36″ x 3″ box that can be used for storage between the seasons. 
  • Made from 10mm & 16mm marine grade, PVC material. This should last long enough to become an heirloom. 
  • Can be assembled in just a few minutes or less.
  • No fasteners or screws of any kind are required. Joints slide together and are secured in place by 4 tie-down points and stakes hammered into your soil. Ropes & stakes are provided (but if your soil is particularly sandy or wet, you may need to get larger stakes).
  • Please note that I am limited on how many “Additional Characters” I can fit in the Large sized box. I can fit the angel, or the standing shepherd or any two of the Christmas Messages and donkey. Since it is more common for people who only wish to buy one extra character, to buy the donkey, I have offered the donkey at a discount here (rather than the angel or the standing shepherd). Long story short… please order what you want. If you order it on this page, my website will give you a discount. If you add it to your order on the Additional Characters page, I will squeeze what I can into your nativity box then ship the rest separately and refund you anything that my website overcharged you.

For more information please visit the Large Outdoor Nativity Set webpage.

Christmas Greetings and Customs in France

November 20, 2012

Christmas Yule Log Cake, Nativity Scene Outdoor

Greeting: Joyeux Noel (Joyous Christmas)
Custom: How about thirteen desserts on Christmas Eve? In southern France, they serve a dessert to honor Jesus and the twelve apostles. One of these desserts is the Yule log which is a cake to represent the actual yule log which many people burn in their homes from Christmas Day until New Years Day for good luck.

Inspirations for the Nativity Sets – Donkey

November 16, 2012

My donkeys story:

Nativity Set Inspiration Donkey, Nativity Scene Outdoor

I added the donkey in 2009. 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 laying 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. So 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.

So, I started working on a drawing. Just about the time I was done (in fact, I think it was the same day) I got a phone call from David (the guy who manages the people who cut the nativity parts out for me). It was weird to get a call from him in July. September thru December, I can’t go 3 hours without talking to him but January thru August, we typically won’t even send one email to each other. “I was thinking about your nativity Carolyn, and you have a little empty space on the sheet we cut the manger from. I think you should add a donkey”. Before that moment, I hadn’t even thought about fitting my donkey onto the cut sheet. But, he fit. Almost exactly. I think I had to move one of his feet ½” and cut a little of his mane off. But other than that, he almost exactly filled the space I had available.

The only problem was that he only fit on the sheet once so I only got one donkey for every two nativities that were cut out. I was very worried about that because I was sure everyone would want a donkey. But, I decided to sell him separately and just see what happened. And for each of the 3 years he’s been available, I’ve just been amazed that I almost always end up having a donkey ordered with about half the nativities I sell. It doesn’t happen evenly. I’ll get 8 orders in a row without the donkey, but then I’ll get 12 orders with the donkey. By the end of the season, I have always ended up about even. I just love how things work out.

For more information visit our Nativity Donkey webpage.

RECIPE: Candy Cane Cookies

November 15, 2012

Christmas Recipe, Nativity Scene OutdoorWith peppermint extract and red food coloring, your kids can turn this simple dough into edible ornaments for the tree.

What you’ll need

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Red food coloring

How to make it

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and beat well. Stir in the peppermint and vanilla extracts. Gradually mix in the flour.
  2. Divide the dough in half. Color one half with red food coloring and leave the other half plain. Roll out a tablespoon of red dough and a tablespoon of plain until they are each 6 to 8 inches long. Twist them into a candy cane, pinching the ends. Repeat.
  3. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not brown.
    Makes about 25.

Source: Spoonful.com

About Us

November 15, 2012

The story behind this nativity scene…

About Us, Nativity Scene Outdoor

A few years ago, my sister emailed me snapshots she’d taken of an outdoor nativity set. “Can you make me one?” She told me she had been trying for years to find a nativity set that was not too commercial and/or tacky and she was so excited to have finally found something she loved. Well I had been struggling with what to get her for Christmas so I went to work, trying to figure out how to make the thing, based on the pictures she’d sent.

All my life, I’d thought that my sister was more “artistically opinionated” than me, but honestly, I didn’t think the thing was that nice. Being the perfectionist that I am, I decided to improve the design. That was the fun part. Making it was not.

Imagine taking a 50+ lb., 4’x8′ sheet of plywood, laying out and cutting intricate patterns, filling all those gaps at the edges that are so prominent in plywood, sanding each piece, then priming and painting them all, front, back and sides. It took a long time. In fact, I didn’t get it done in time for her to put out that year. But, she used it the next Christmas.

Then I got the phone call. Several of her friends and neighbors wanted me to make them one too. “And by the way” she says, “the winter was real tough on mine so it needs to be re-primed and painted”. I wasn’t sure what to do. People seemed to think it was wonderful. I agreed, but it was way too much work to make again. And if I were to make more, I’d at least need to find a material better than plywood to use so it would last longer than 1 or 2 seasons.

I talked to numerous experts about alternative materials and found the perfect stuff. It 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 are upset that I sent them a wood nativity when they’d ordered a plastic one.

Anyway, that is how this all started. I’m going on my fifth year now and I just love it. It is a lot of work but I’m very proud of this nativity and the joy that it has brought to so many people.

For more information visit our About Us webpage.

Video: How to Assemble our Outdoor Nativity Set

November 14, 2012

See how easy it is to assemble this outdoor nativity set.

Click here to watch the Assembly Video.

Assembly Video, Nativity Scene Outdoor

Life Size Outdoor Nativity Set

November 13, 2012

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. Most of the Life Size nativity sets I’ve sold have gone to churches, hospitals, schools & nursing homes (one went to a military base in Texas, which I thought was cool). But several have gone to homeowners and they have been very happy.

The life size nativity comes with a donkey.

Life Size Nativity, Nativity Scene Outdoor

Beautifully detailed life size outdoor nativity silhouette,
made from the highest quality marine grade solid PVC available.
Designed and manufactured in the USA.
102″ wide x 92″ tall (to top of star) x 24″ deep.

  • Box is 48″x 90″ x 6″ and it weighs about 120 lbs (or more if you order any Additional Characters). It comes strapped to a 4’x8′ wooden pallet. 
  • Made from 13mm, 16mm & 19mm with critical areas reinforced with an extra 16mm. This should last long enough to become an heirloom. 
  • Can be assembled in just a few minutes
  • No fasteners or screws of any kind are required. Joints slide together and are secured in place by 4 tie-down points and stakes hammered into your soil. Ropes & stakes are provided (but if your soil is particularly sandy or wet, you may need to get larger stakes).
  • I do recommend that the nativity set be tethered for extra protection. I provide instructions and the supplies needed to do that.
  • Cost $985 + Shipping
    I calculate shipping costs separately for each Life Size nativity order. Please email me your shipping address and the list of what items you are interested in ordering. I will get you a shipping quote and then we can arrange payment. (Please note that including “Additional Characters” with your order will only minimally affect your shipping costs, but shipping them separately later will cost as much as shipping the nativity alone. So if you think you may eventually want Additional Characters, I would recommend getting them with your nativity, so we can just add them to your box and save you the money.)

For more information visit the Life Size Outdoor Nativity Set webpage.

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