My wife has always wanted a Manger for a Christmas display. This dosn't seem like too much to ask for. But we have been married for over 40 years and still have no Manger. We have always wanted to buy one but, for some strange reason, never thought of it at the time.
A friend of her's awhile back bought the Manger figures from Goodwill for $2.00 to use for a project. But when she found out that my wife had always wanted one, she gave her the figures. But there was no Manger, just the figures. So, I decided to make the Manger and that is what this blog is all about, the building of the Manger.
I've seen plenty of Mangers online and in stores, etc. Most of them appear as a building of sorts. However, I do not believe that on the Arab desert there were fancy buildings to simply keep animals in. That's really what a Manger was...a stable for animals. They would have built a structure from materials that were there such as logs, dirt, whatever grass they could find and so on. So I didn't want to build a fancy Manger. It would have been easier because I have plenty of plywood and other stuff to use.
I remember when I was young, my mother had a Manger that she would put on the mantal every year at Christmas. My father had made it and it was a lot like the one here that I made. Very rustic. That memory stayed with me as I built this one.
So, let's get started!