Happy New Year … although nearly a week-and-a-half after making an entrance, 2023 is already starting to feel a little worn. That shiny newness attached to incoming years has a short shelf life.
There are still a few holiday clearance shelves left in stores. They’re fairly plucked over by now, mostly littered with ornaments packed in damaged boxes and squashed chocolates that looked a lot more festive back before New Year’s resolutions kicked in. I passed this lonely Nativity scene on a shelf in HomeGoods a few days ago:
Basic Nativity scene, a remnant from an anticipated holiday now viewed only in the rear-view mirror.
But then I looked again:
Things were not as they first appeared. This is not a happy family rejoicing over a blessed newborn. It’s … it’s a crime scene. A body has been discovered!
Who did it?? Who offed the angel? I studied each figurine. Mary and Joseph were above suspicion; they were too shocked by the discovery. So were these guys:
The discovery of this fallen angel appears to be an awful revelation to every person present except one. It didn’t take a thunderbolt from the blue to figure out the perp. It couldn’t be more obvious:
I mean, duh. Just look at the body language …
I admit to standing in front of this tableau for quite some time. Clearly, I took way too many pictures of it.
I could make a metaphor out of this if I wanted to, something about 2023 being filled with moments that aren’t what they seem at first glance, our need to take a closer look … but I don’t care about that stuff right now. What I like best is that this Nativity set-up was almost certainly not a random event. Somebody out there walked the aisle, saw an opportunity, and arranged the figures accordingly.
I don’t know who you are, Friend, but this was the most fun I’ve had in a store in ages. Without even knowing me, you lifted my spirits enough that I wanted to pay it forward for the rest of the day.
And that’s the part I want to carry into this new year.
Too, too funny!!!
It was the garden gnome, Sherlock!
Your attention to detail and creativity are beyond words!! Thanks for lifting my spirits!
And where is the baby? I think there’s another crime here.
Maripat, I wondered where the baby was, too! Hmmm. I should have looked behind the stable.
Robin, it lifted mine as well. Wishing you a wonderful 2023!
Ha! Indeed. This is the very definition of irreverence and I’m here for it…