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Dismembered Nativity Characters

December 20, 2016

Rev. Shane L. Bishop


When I was a kid, nativity sets were an essential part of the USAmerican Christmas-scape.  These sets were mixed and matched and passed down from generation to generation; often far more because of their sentimental value than their quality.  Such transfers were not without tragedies.  I remember various and sundry accidents throughout my childhood involving wise men, shepherds and barnyard animals.  It was a tough gig to be a nativity character at the House of Bishop in the 70’s.  We had a shepherd without a hand, a one armed wise man (I called him Lefty) and a donkey with one ear.  Most of our older nativity characters had broken parts glued on with limited amounts of skill and success.  In the “Dismemberment of 77” Jesus’ own earthly father Joseph was summarily decapitated when he tumbled from a table in an event for which I am still receiving counseling. No one…

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