Jesus’ birth has inspired artists for centuries, prompting them to put their own spin on the tale in ways that aren’t always historically accurate.
But lately, some Nativity scenes are provoking both shock and awe ― depending on how you feel about the Christmas story being depicted in bacon, zombies or shotgun shells.
Christian author Mark Oestreicher first collected about a dozen of his favorite weird Nativity scenes on his blog, WhyIsMarko.com. It’s since become a yearly tradition, and his collection has expanded to 70.
Check out some of the best ones below:
When you see a Nativity scene featuring zombies, you can only wonder if it’s taking place in “Deathlehem.”
Oestreicher used to be bothered when he would see Nativity scenes depicting Jesus, Mary and Joseph as rubber ducks, but now he looks at products like these as “whimsical attempts for people to engage in a mystery.”
This depiction of the birth of Jesus “meats” all of Oestreicher’s criteria for an offbeat Nativity — and has the added bonus of being able to feed peoples’ stomachs and their souls at the same time.
At first, Oestreicher was taken aback by…
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