Folding Christmas Manger Wood Pattern

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Plans for building a folding manger to display a figure of the Christ Child in your home during the Christmas season.  Instructions are for a 12" long manger.  You may change the measurements to build a manger size of your choice.  Pattern includes a list of materials and tools, step-by-step instructions in both words and pictures, and a color picture of the finished product.  Recommended level:  beginner.

This is a wonderful project to work on in Advent and when you are done you can use the crib to follow the old custom of building a Christmas Crib in your heart:  place a jar of straw or paper cut to look like straw beside the empty crib at the beginning of Advent and all through Advent each time a family member does an act of love or sacrifice for the Christ Child, place a straw in the crib.  By Christmas, when it comes time to place the figure of the Baby Jesus in the manger, there should be a nice bed of straw waiting!

Included insert:  The Advent Family Spiritual Crib - a little card with a prayer and act of love for each day of December leading up to Christmas.  Use it to build a home in your heart for the Baby Jesus.

Dimensions of final product:  10" x 7" x 12" (Dimensions can be adjusted based on the size of your Christ Child figure.)

Pattern designed by Joseph Shema.

Product does not include wood or tools; instructions only.

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