Ingenious nativity scenes go viral as individuals reimagine Bethlehem

‘T is the time of the year when we embellish our homes with wreaths, garlands, Christmas trees, tins of Quality Street, and of course – in numerous houses – the required nativity scene.

While great deals of individuals commemorate Christmas as atheists, lapsed Christians, or simply as a non-religious cultural holiday, the nativity scene reminds us of the origins of the season. Or at least it’s implied to.

Just like all ornamental interior touches, the nativity scene has not left the advent of minimalism: the Instagram visual spawned by a thousand white walls and cemented by 2018 joy-promoter and thrower-away-in-chief Marie Kondo.

While Kondo does not control the zeitgeist as much as she once did, her tradition stays. And it seems even the son of Christ has not gotten away the decluttering age.

Today, Twitter user Kirby Jones shared pictures of some ultimate minimalist nativity scenes she had encountered online – consisting of one made completely out of balls and another out of glass panels.

She captioned her discovery: “Last night I found “minimalist nativity sets” and I am WEEPING.”

However Jones (who wasn’t too pleased with the $150 price tag on some of them) wasn’t the only one to have actually made the discovery – hundreds of individuals responded with their own versions from pandemic-appropriate cleaning products to pepper shakers.

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Someone shared a pared-back nativity scene total with knitted coats that they ‘d been offered by their aunt.

I’m v pleased with the one my auntie provided me– Jay Booth December 5, 2020

Anyone else keep in mind Domestos being pointed out in the bible?

This was my Curacy church, it wasn’t established like this, it appeared after church cleansing. Accidental minimalist nativity– Fr. Samuel-Bruno SSC December 6, 2020

In 2020 of course we had to have the minimalist nativity coronavirus edition.

minimalist nativity scene, COVID-19 edition– sarah slothanova December 9, 2020

I made this one earlier in the pandemic– It’s the candle light December 6, 2020

Someone who obviously has a lot of hotel mini dressings to hand.

Is it far too late to join the strange minimalist nativity scene trend? #MinimalistNativity– Felyn December 9, 2020

A tube of cherry Carmex lip balm cosplaying as Joseph. We like to see it.

Just set up my new #minimalist nativity scene. It was $200 but worth it.– The Big Stinky December 6, 2020

Or perhaps a bag of licorice sweets getting associated with the enjoyable.

Pls tell me I’m not the only one who does this– Neem- ho ho ho December 7, 2020

Other food themed set ups included this one with a bag of walnuts and half an apple.

My moms and dads instantly used up the obstacle and developed their own minimalist nativity scene– Dr Paula Manstetten December 7, 2020

We even had a physics circuit rendition of the story from a laboratory assistant. Who says religious beliefs and science can not coexist?

A final joyful #WhatsInMyTray for completion of term. I made a physics prep room minimalist nativity scene.– Rachel Chilton December 11, 2020

The IT department didn’t want to be overlooked of the nativity action.

IT Department Nativity Scene– FlynnUnplugged December 6, 2020

Minimalism doesn’t have to be restricted to the house – others shared pictures from the wild.

There is a home near me that does an outdoor, minimalist nativity scene made from pvc pipeline. The very first time I saw it I at first questioned why they aimed fancy lights at a bunch of pipelines standing out of the ground, then I noticed the configuration.– Kim Z Dale December 6, 2020

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