Post 308: Manger Manager

A friend of mine always quibbled with his mother about snow falling on the family nativity set. To get back at her, he started putting tiny penguins around to worship the baby Jesus. I’m thinking something like that happened here.

Christmas Nativity Scene Fontanini – $125

condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Roman
size / dimensions: 19x9x10

Fontanini Heirloom Nativity Collection. Contains 21 pieces plus manager, including 3 Wisemen on Horse, Camel and Elephant. Great condition

Bloody Romans. What did they ever do for us?

So lets look at some of the magnificent, never seen before, elements of this particular nativity. First of all, the turkey. Yes, a wild North American turkey made it to the Holy Land in time for the birth of Christ. That’s a pretty long flight for a game bird.

Look at the shepherd boy catching the lamb in mid-jump. I think he really wanted to be a little drummer boy. But that’s no reason to abuse the sheep!

Is it my imagination or is Mary looking at the chicken as if it’s the solution to what to feed these wise guys who showed up unannounced?

Finally, look closer at the lad leaning on the fence there. The fence that goes nowhere, from nowhere. The lad with the buttons on his shirt and lace on his cuffs. So anachronistic.

So much fail! Thanks to Ralph for submitting this gem in time for the holiday, and for giving me an idea for the title. “The dude leaning on the fence must be the manager.”

Happy Hanukah and Merry Christmas from Sparkyville to you!

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3 thoughts on “Post 308: Manger Manager

  1. Of course, the ultimate pedantic issue here is that “mangers” in Judea looked nothing like the mangers of Central Europe (let aline of Rome). Or, that mangers were not always in stables. Or, that Joe & Mary were turned away from the local motels, but were instead evicted from the guest quarters due to incipient delivery.

    None of which stops me from crooning carols poorly (tunes ought have handles, so I could carry them like buckets). Just pointing out that absolute certainty about things “everybody knows” is treading on apostasy. Far better to be only 80% sure of a thing, and testing that surety.

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