I love nativity sets. I have about a dozen of them. Some stay out all year and some come out only once a year.
I found these two sets at the Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings Trading Post in Manitou Springs, Colorado this past fall. (And, no, I didn't buy them. They were a bit out of my price range. :-) )
But I did get a kick out of them. Moose? Black Bears?
There might be some out there who don't like nativity sets, and who don't particularly like the whimsicality of animals in the place of people, but there's just something about these that lightened my heart. No, I don't think Mary looked like a moose, nor do I think the sheep would've particularly cared for a Black Bear Shepherd, but these are just fun. :) One of the things I thought was particularly interesting is that in both scenes, there is a beast of burden that is the same species as the wise men and shepherds. :) Like that Moose or Bear drew the short straw and had to play the camel or the donkey in the Christmas pageant.
Question for you: Do you have nativity sets? What's the most unusual one you've seen?
Bonus question: Happy St. Patrick's Day. Are you Irish, and are you wearing green?