Strange Manger: The World’s Weirdest Nativity Scenes




“The Christmas we get, we deserve,” sang the late Greg Lake in I Believe in Father Christmas, and the celeb-infused nativity scene above pretty much encapsulates the all-too-real reality show that was the year 2016. Try and trump that, 2017! Credit the online fashion site Lyst with commissioning the star-studded scene above.

Toys In Babeland


Shop-owners in Spain often get into the spirit of the season by setting up ad-hoc nativity scenes from their store’s main merchandise in their display windows. All well and good… until a marital aids (ahem) shop tried to join the party. Non Sit Peccatum, a sex shop in the town of Talavera de la Reina near Toledo was vandalized soon after the salacious scene debuted and according to store-owner Héctor Valdivielso, a group calling themselves the “Children of the Virgin Mary” had launched a boycott of his store. Fear not, Héctor, we’re guessing members of that group don’t shop at adult novelties stores much anyway.

Heavy Mattel




Argentine artists Marianela Perelli and Emiliano Paolini have adapted a heavenly host of Barbie, Ken and associated accessory figurines to create “Barbie, The Plastic Religion” – a commentary on society’s superficiality when it comes to the Christmas spirit. The Rosario, Argentina-based pair plan to take the exhibit on the road around the world, though there are no plans as yet to include Bethlehem as a tour stop.

Xmas Unplugged



Who says the holiday season sucks? Not Kris sale, a 44-year old Brit who runs a home appliance store in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, UK. Sale and his son Ashley set up a rather “clean” nativity scene in the store window using Henry vacuum cleaners, though one was labeled “Hetty” for obvious reasons.