I’ve been on the hunt for a miniature Nativity set for a while now. The problem is . . . the human figures in most Nativity scenes have given me a mild case of the creeps since I was a little kid. I don’t mean baby Jesus, of course. I’m just more interested in the Nativity animals than the people. Perhaps C.S. Lewis would have understood?
Last week I found my dream Nativity scene in the little gift shop at Local in Norman. This “Gentle Friends” Nativity set came in a round wood box and contained the most delightful creatures! Of course they’re not necessarily historically accurate, but they fill me with glee nonetheless.
Here you see a very bold-eyed cow along with the donkey and sheep.
We get a bit more fanciful with a goat (?), a pair of fowl (is one of them a rooster?), and, of course, a cat. NOT A DOG, FOLKS! A MAJESTIC GINGER CAT!
And here they gather in the hay to wonder at the new born king.
I called Local to see where they obtained this set, hoping to share that information with you, gentle reader. The only thing they could tell me is they bought their sets back in the spring from Portico Collections as part of some trade show in Dallas, TX. I can’t seem to find any details about who actually makes the “Gentle Friends Nativity Set” (please don’t let it be desperate third world children!). Google turned up a photo on Pinterest, but that’s about all I could find.
Do you have a treasured Nativity set?
Just for fun: The Worst and Weirdest Nativity Sets. (Zombie Nativity???)