World’s worst nativity sets

Or, in this case, perhaps it’s “wurst nativity set.” Check out this site for more — including one made of SPAM.

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  1. LOl great ! – FYI this picture reminds me of an imponderable question – I always wondered ( and assumed the answer was yes) if Mary kept a kosher kitchen.

  2. pagansister says:

    Someone was thinking out side the box!

  3. Over the years I have collected dozens of Nativity sets – most represent the faith of indigenous or native cultures.

    The least expensive one is from Bethlehem – $5 and the store owner threw in a camel, for free. Another is a pretty expensive one, hand carved wood from Florence. I handpicked the figurines, and included a shepherdess and St. Francis to whom we attribute the crèche tradition. (I carried the figurines on the plane home, forgot to declare it at customs, and didn’t get caught!) I bought one from a street vendor in Nigeria. I told him he was trying to sell me four kings and no St. Joseph. He answered: “But, I be Muslim.” One that I treasure was my first purchase, the tiny terracotta, hand painted figurines from the south of France called santons. They represent 17th and 18th century townsfolk in Provence, and include the priest, the mayor, and even the town thief.

    A Maryknoll priest gave me and my husband a wedding present of a cedar wood set from the Philippines. It had no baby Jesus, just an empty crib. I was a bit freaked the following Christmas when I was expecting and I wrote to tell him. He went back to the store, got the figurine, and then informed me that, at the same time that he had bought our set, he had bought one for his niece. She was expecting twins!

    Hope I am not being boring but I get nostalgic at Christmas.

  4. Why even give this a moment in the sun?

  5. And I thought Cherpumple was low ebb. 😉

  6. I had to come back to this. A nativity set made of pork for a Jewish family?? Oy! Oink!

  7. This baby should come with Alka-Seltzer.

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