I’m a big fan of the Fisher Price Nativity Set. Not only is it cute, it can be knawed, drooled on and hurled against the wall (not that we promote these activities) and it’s invincible! It’s only out during Advent and Easter, making its sudden appearance during the first week of Advent pretty exciting. Baby Jesus stays in the box and arrives onto the scene on Christmas morning. At our home, the current baby has historically played the role of Herod, the giant, bad king who rampages through Bethlehem, wreaking havoc in his wake, making it impossible to arrange the figurines just like they are in the picture on the box.

The nicer ceramic set is well out of reach. The wise men mysteriously move from shelf to shelf, slowly making their way closer and closer to Mary and Joseph, who are waiting for the arrival of Jesus on Christmas day.