questions, questions

I’ve been looking at this for days, and I still don’t know what Joseph is wearing. Or why they are pupil-less freaks wearing too much eyeliner. Or why the baby is wearing a bonnet stolen from the Holly Hobbie I had in 1976. I don’t know why Jesus’ feet are gigantic. I don’t know what happened to the rest of their noses. Advent, a time of mystery!


19 thoughts on “questions, questions

  1. Katherine

    Well, I was about to suggest Jesus inherited his big feet from Joseph, but that’s not theologically correct. Joseph seems to be doing the ‘Me Tarzan’ thing. With a giant rubber O-ring around his head.

    Maybe they are going to a costume party? That would explain the Tarzan outfit, the bonnet, and the eyeliner… maybe.

  2. ChiaLynn

    I think that might be the Baptist’s camel skin.

    I also think the baby might actually be Laura Ingalls… Maybe it’s meant to be a Christmas Pageant from Little House in the Desert?

  3. Jeanie

    While you’re at it, can you figure out why nativity Josephs are often depicted holding a shepherd’s crook? I can understand his using a walking stick or staff, like this “specimen” is holding, while leading Mary and the donkey to Bethlehem. But some Josephs are most definitely leaning on a curved crook, there in the stable. (I’ve never before seen one wearing a miner’s headlamp, though…)

  4. Di

    You know what they say about big feet… LOL!

    Why is everyone so dirty? This set would fit in nicely in a trailer in the hills of someone who hoardes things. Definately not the hills of Beverly, more like where there be hillbillies.

    Oh, and I think Joseph is wearing a lost diaphragm. Ewwww.

  5. chris

    Yay!!!! You’re back!

    I am seriously, SERIOUSLY tempted to forward this to all the nice sweet cow-orkers who keep sending me “ancient Christmas legends” that were made up by somebody last week after too many eggnogs, and “Christmas miracle” stories (the sort of thing the Urban Legends reference pages describe as “glurge”)

  6. Katherine

    Chris –

    You have inspired me to make up some more ‘ancient Christmas legends’ and ‘Christmas miracle stories.’ Pass the eggnog and rum, somebody!

    “And it came to pass, Mary asked Joseph, ‘Honey, have you seen my diaphram?’ ‘Ummmmmmm….’ “

  7. Lirazel

    I think the crook is probably a faint and far-off reference to some of the legends about Mary and Joseph… Mary being the foster-daughter of the High Priest and recognized as “special”, there was debate as to whom among several worthy suitors she should be betrothed. So, the staffs of the suitors were left in the Holy of Holies, and wowzers! Joseph’s bloomed.

    And I also think it’s because Joe clearly wasn’t carting around his carpentry tools, and everyone knows that the only occupations in the Holy Land were shepherd, priest, king, dresser of sycamore trees, and standing around looking cool in robes.

  8. Mary Sue

    My brain, having been raised on Disney and having memorized Aladdin at age 12, immediately filled in the rest of the monolouge:

    Advent, a time of mystery! Of enchantment! And the finest merchandise this side of the River Jordan, come on down!

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