The Three Wise Men, the Construction Worker and the Lady Down the Street

How’s that for a title?

I don’t have a nice, fancy nativity set.  Actually, a few years ago, I got the Willow Tree Nativity set for Christmas from my mom.  But I think, in an attempt to organize my exploding basement, I may have accidentally thrown it away the very same year I received it.

See – that’s what happens when you try and become organized.  That’s why I choose to remain blissfully un-organized…

We do have, however, the Little People Nativity set and I love it!  I love that the kids can play with it and I can teach them about the birth of Christ without being worried that they’re going to brake or harm a precious heriloom.

I also love that every day as I walk past the shelf where the nativity is housed, there is a new addition to the scene.  It makes me laugh:

There are, of course, the three wise men (one black, one white and one Asian), the Angel, Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, a camel, a donkey and a sheep.  Traditional, sweet, politically correct…


But if you look closely, there’s also an alligator from the Bayou:


A Panda from the Orient who stands alongside some random conductor guy who, I assume, works for Union Pacific:


Then there’s the construction worker and grandma from down the street:


And Lightening McQueen – because nothing says the birth of Jesus like a talking race car:


And, of course, not to be left out – Luke Skywalker and C-3PO have made it into the scene. Because Jesus loves the Jedi just as much as he loves you and me, I am most certain.


At one point there was also an older fella who I believe was Moses from the Little People Noah’s Ark set that graced the stable, but he seems to have wandered off for the time being. And I mean really, can you blame the guy?  If I’d spent 40 days and nights aboard a ship full of animals, I might not want to hang around a stable either…

What I love most about the little scene my kids have created, though, is the fact that no matter how they lay it out – they always have all the characters pointed toward the center – Christ.  And it’s a good reminder of what the season is all about, isn’t it?  It’s about the birth of a Savior who came to save us all.


Merry Christmas everyone!