What's the meaning of Christmas? Family. Cheer. Goodwill towards men. Bacon?
Well, more accurately, pork and poultry products. Let's not forget chocolate, butter, fondant, cupcakes, and panettone.
These are the materials people are using to create their Nativity scenes this year. Apparently traditional clay and wood are old and busted, while gut-busting foods are the new hotness.
Some of these are cute or quirky, even beautiful. Others look like ... bacon.
Alas, there was no crib for his bed, so they used sausage instead. And in case you were wondering, that's a lovely bed of festering sauerkraut for the hay, teeny weenies for the animals and ... wait a minute, yes, yes that's turkey cloaking the wise men!
The stars in the bright sky,looked down where He lay, the little Lord Jesus asleep on the ... icing? I don't know, it might be fettuccine, and that shepherd looks like he's sitting on a "gift" from one of his flock.
The cattle are lowing, the poor Baby wakes but little Lord Jesus no crying He makes. That's because he's made of butter and his face is melting off -- probably in horror over the weird stilt-sheep guarding him.
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky and stay by my side,'til morning is nigh ... When I can eat you with my fancy panettone for a delicious Christmas breakfast.
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care and take us to (chocolate) heaven to live with Thee there. Can you believe this is roughly 170 feet of chocolate?
All of these are really quite amazing, in some way, be it weirdness or craftsmanship .... But it makes a girl wonder -- is it sacrilegious to create a Nativity out of swine, when the Bible says not to eat it? Is it sacrilegious at all to use food to represent something holy? Or is it just art, and in the spirit of the communion?
What do you think?