Jesus’ start has impressed artists for hundreds of years, prompting them to place their very own spin on the story in ways in which aren’t at all times traditionally correct.

However these days, some Nativity scenes are upsetting each shock and awe ― relying on how you are feeling in regards to the Christmas story being depicted in bacon, zombies or shotgun shells.

Christian creator Mark Oestreicher first collected a couple of dozen of his favourite bizarre Nativity scenes on his weblog, It’s since grow to be a yearly custom, and his assortment has expanded to 70.

Try a few of the finest ones beneath:

  • Hipster Nativity


    The Hipster Nativity could also be this yr’s most viral Nativity scene. It exhibits Joseph and Mary taking selfies with Child Jesus, a shepherd checking his social media accounts and the Three Clever Males on Segways delivering items from Sure, the cow is natural.

  • Zombie Nativity

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    Whenever you see a Nativity scene that includes zombies, you’ll be able to solely surprise if it is happening in “Deathlehem.”

  • Rubber Duckie Nativity

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    Oestreicher was bothered when he would see Nativity scenes depicting Jesus, Mary and Joseph as rubber geese, however now he seems to be at merchandise like these as “whimsical makes an attempt for individuals to have interaction in a thriller.”

  • Meat Nativity

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    This depiction of the start of Jesus “meats” all of Oestreicher’s standards for an offbeat Nativity — and has the added bonus of with the ability to feed peoples’ stomachs and their souls on the identical time.

  • Nativity Cupcake Toppers

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    At first, Oestreicher was stunned by means of clearly industrial merchandise, comparable to these cupcake toppers, regardless that they “weren’t morally mistaken.” However he has realized to take pleasure in them.

  • Mermaid Nativity

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    Oestreicher loves the craft that went behind this Nativity scene, regardless that he finds the idea fishy.

  • Spam Nativity

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    This depiction of the Bethlehem manger in Spam is unquestionably made for Monty Python followers.

  • Snow Globe Nativity

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    Oestreicher is especially amused by this snow globe Nativity, primarily due to the best way Mary and Joseph are taking a look at their baby via a fishbowl.

  • S’mores Nativity

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    Oestreicher believes this Nativity, which depicts Jesus and household as s’mores, is maybe the worst Nativity set he is seen.

  • Shotgun Shell Nativity

    If there’s a individual in your life whose favourite non secular ditty is “Reward The Lord And Go The Ammunition,” this Nativity produced from shotgun shells is certain to hit the bull’s-eye.

  • Cleaning soap Nativity

    Oestreicher’s annual weblog submit of bizarre Nativity scenes has grow to be so huge that some individuals ship him pictures of their work in hopes of inclusion, comparable to this cleaning soap Nativity.

  • Tampon Nativity

    Oestreicher initially nervous about together with this Nativity scene that makes use of tampons, however determined to go forward because it comes from a respectable craft web site that simply occurs to be devoted to utilizing tampons.

  • Moose Nativity

    Oestreicher admits that he is not a fan of animal Nativity scenes, as a result of they lack creativity.

  • Frog Nativity

    This frog Nativity is “ribbeting.”

  • Meerkat Nativity

    This meerkat Nativity says “Merry Christmas” and “Hakuna Matata” on the identical time.

  • Coloration Nativity

    This Nativity scene, utilizing solely shade blocks, is Oestreicher’s present favourite, because it exhibits that the Nativity is so iconic that it is attainable to have a look at these summary shapes and nonetheless inform what it is depicting instantly.

  • Halloween Nativity

    As a result of some Christians are anti-Halloween, Oestreicher wasn’t positive in regards to the intent of the individuals who made this Nativity scene. However after discussions with the creators, he determined it was not malicious, simply enjoyable.

  • Chocolate Nativity

    Oestreicher jokes that the non secular act of consuming the physique of Christ takes on new dimensions when he is fabricated from chocolate.

  • Fondant Nativity

    There’s just one phrase for these yummy-looking Nativity characters: Relicious!

  • Gingerbread Yard Artwork Nativity

    Have fun two necessary vacation signifiers — the Nativity and gingerbread males — by combining them into huge garden ornaments.

  • Monkey Nativity

    This depiction of the Nativity that includes monkeys could trigger a number of dialogue over the speculation of evolution.

  • Nativity Puzzle Erasers

    A Nativity-themed puzzle eraser set could seem weird, however Oestreicher factors out that Christians consider Jesus got here to Earth to erase individuals’s sins.

  • Nesting Dolls Nativity

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    Nativity nesting dolls are pretty widespread, however Oestreicher likes this specific set as a result of the tiny sheep suits inside Child Jesus.

  • Father Santa Nativity

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    Santa is a well-liked fixture in lots of Nativities, however Oestreicher stated this one among Kris Kringle holding Child Jesus moments after his start takes issues to a distinct stage altogether.

  • Nativity Inside Frog Abdomen

    Oestreicher says this frog stomach Nativity is “one of many strangest and most disorienting Nativities on the entire listing.”

  • Frankenstein Nativity


    Christmas is nice, Frankenstein motion pictures are nice, however that does not imply Frankenstein ought to be made right into a Nativity scene.

  • Minimalist Nativity

    There’s something to be stated for simplicity, even with Nativity scenes — as this minimalist set of blocks with descriptive names demonstrates.

  • Radish Nativity

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    Folks all around the world make Nativities out of what they’ve helpful. In Oaxaca Metropolis, Mexico, locals carve Nativities out of radishes as a result of Dec. 23 is well known as “Radish Night time.”

  • Bethlehemian Rhapsody

    It is not a Nativity scene per se, however Oestreicher is keen on this remake of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” with lyrics modified to replicate the Christmas story.

  • Woodland Creatures Nativity

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    Oestreicher stated this woodland Nativity was displayed at a retailer in North Carolina. He likes it, however stated “the Santa within the background sorta ticked me off. Go away, Santa, again to your freaking chimney.”