I can’t link to it because it requires a subscription, but the first time I saw that Onion bit with the fake nativity scene featuring Hamburglar and Godzilla and some other weird stuff was like a dream come true.
I’ve always been unable to resist the simple charm of random characters surrounding a nativity creche. I think Mr. Bean did something along these lines as well. It’s just so subversive.
A friend of mine had a giant ostrich peering over the baby Jesus this season. I couldn’t stop laughing.
It was a couple of years ago, I believe, that one of our posters recounted his nutty aunt and her habit of having her pet cats stuffed (after they died, of course). She would then dress them up and arrange them into a nativity scene, using a stuffed black cat as one of the three wise men, and, IIRC, a stuffed chipmunk as baby Jesus.
Hm, maybe I should use my Matrix character plushies and arrange them into a Nativity scene at school. Neo and Trinity can be Mary and Joseph. Agent Smith can be Baby Jesus. The three agents can be the three wise men. And of course, my stuffed animals…I wonder what my teachers would say.
And as an afterthought, I don’t understand why the Vatican is making such a big deal out of this…
Maybe some MacFarlane figures. Like from the “faces of madness” or the “tortured souls” lines. You could have Naomi Armitage as Mary, a T-800 as Joseph, and pop the head off a “Spawn” figure and glue it onto a baby Jesus body.
In our family Nativity set, we added a little Santa & Reindeer Sleigh years ago. In recent years, I’ve added little plastic dinosaurs, Xena, and just this year Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Dora the Explorer (with B’day Party Hat, Cake, Boots the Monkey & the Weasel).
As I mentioned in the Madama Tussaud’s thread a week or so ago, I’ve replaced the traditional figures that came with my nativity set with action figures the last couple of years–characters from Deep Space 9 and Babylon 5 mostly, plus Dana Scully and a few hobbits. Include Capt. Sisko as Santa, and it’s a very festive holiday scene!