Nativity Props: the Stable and Manger
Baby Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger. Christmas play props & accessories add an extra touch to the manger scene making it more realistic to the audience.
Mary gave birth in a stable because there was no room in the inn. For your Christmas play, you can use a cardboard backdrop or a three dimensional stable made of wood. Perhaps someone in your church congregation is handy with tools and can build a stable in the size and shape you need.
Here’s a 7′ high cardboard stable that is perfect for your Christmas play! It features the Star of Bethlehem and two angels, with a dark star-lit sky as background. Assembly is easy.
What is a manger? It’s a trough (or a feeder) made of wood, stone or metal, used to hold food for animals. Mary needed a place to lay her newborn baby and found that a manger would hold her baby safely.
This is an actual wildlife manger, just perfect to use as the manger where the Babe was laid. It’s nearly two feet tall and made of cedar wood. 11″ x 23″ x 6″
To add to the ambience, and to give the performers a place to sit, think about including straw bales in your stable. Add straw to the stable to give it an authentic look and feel. Each of these wheat straw bales measures 12″ high x 24″ wide.