A couple of days back I was reminded of something I did in the run-up to Christmas, 2015. At the time I couldn’t write about it publicly, for fear of discovery, so I posted about it in a private forum I frequent.
It’s still as funny now as it was three years back so I thought I’d share my little escapade here.
So I have this friend in Houston, TX, who owns a giant Spanish Nativity Set. She buys additional figures and buildings every time she goes to Spain, which is a couple of times a year, and she’s been doing so for twenty years or thereabouts. These days the thing is huge, consisting of several hundred pieces and residing on its own 2 meter table each holiday season.
Featuring the inevitable stable, as well as a used camel dealership, numerous dwellings, taverns, a Roman aqueduct, and Gods only know what else, the display is huge and I laughingly call it Mega City One.
This thing is basically one of the centerpieces of the decorations and its assembly is an intricate ritual each Christmas. This year, however, I thought I’d conduct a little experiment, to see just how much attention people actually pay to the Nativity Scene itself. After all, we do live in an era when most people are too preoccupied with life, both real and virtual, to actually notice what’s happening around them.
And so, a couple of evenings back, while no one was looking, I sneaked an addition into the display, just to see how long it would take someone to spot it.
In the end it took six solid days of various people admiring the scene before Godzilla’s discovery, with a cry of “What’s that? It’s got a sheep in its mouth!!!1!”
I still get to hear about that little stunt, each and every year. And they watch me like hawks when I’m around the Nativity now.
Adding a li’l Magic to the Season is well worth it. 😀
Have a Great Christmas!