Nativity Scene No Place for a Peanut

Nativity Scene No Place for a Peanut

I have a crêche crush, and one of the best looking I’ve ever seen was displayed last year at the entrance to Peridot, a wonderful home decor and gift shop in Atlanta, where I always visit Sister Duvall et. al. at Christmas. Peridot was on our post- Christmas shopping route. […]

I have a crêche crush, and one of the best looking I’ve ever seen was displayed last year at the entrance to Peridot, a wonderful home decor and gift shop in Atlanta, where I always visit Sister Duvall et. al. at Christmas. Peridot was on our post- Christmas shopping route. Well dang if Duvall didn’t just say Merry Christmas for next year, which is now this year, and I was thrilled to pieces. Perfect for the ranch, it is.

Our carved wooden nativity scene arranged on the center table in the great room at Rancho La Zaca.
Our carved wooden nativity scene arranged on the center table in the great room at Rancho La Zaca.

I said I wouldn’t decorate the ranch this year because we will not be there for Christmas and in fact I’m already not there, but I had to put up this beautiful manger scene, which will stay up until Epiphany, so it will have a good run.

Even His Grace said, “Honey, this is beautiful.”

He is a man of few words.

Nativity scene from the back
From the back. The cattle are lowing in a bed of camellia leaves.

What is a low, anyway, as in the cattle are lowing? What are they up to, exactly?

Definition of low, Collins online dictionary
Now you know, via the Collins online dictionary

Another thing I’ve learned about nativity scenes is that it is best to have one with the baby Jesus permanently affixed to his manger. If not, a law of the universe is that the baby Jesus gets lost. Lord knows (if anyone does) we have a hard enough time keeping Christ in Christmas – but losing the baby out of the manger adds insult to injury.

Baby Jesus in his manger.
Carved from a single piece of wood, this baby Jesus is not going anywhere.

It gets worse.

Peanut in manger
A manger is no place for a peanut.

My aforesaid sister has a pretty but baby-less creche ( I told you..) in her living room.

Nature abhors a void.

I couldn’t help it. A peanut fits perfectly. Add two eyes and a mouth, and…

It does not look a thing like Jesus.

It looks a little like Howie Mandel.

Nativity scene with peanut substitute for baby in manger
What can I say.

I know Jesus forgives me, but I hope Santa is not watching.

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