Jesus Christ! These Are The Craziest Nativity Scenes We've Ever Seen

Christian author Mark Oestreicher collects the weirdest, wackiest and most wonderful Nativity scenes.

Faith inspires people to do great things -- and some gloriously strange things as well.

Hipster Nativity
The Hipster Nativity may be this year's most viral Nativity scene. It shows Joseph and Mary taking selfies with Baby Jesus, a shepherd checking his social media accounts and the Three Wise Men on Segways delivering gifts from Amazon.com. Yes, the cow is organic.
Zombie Nativity
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When you see a Nativity scene featuring zombies, you can only wonder if it's taking place in "Deathlehem."
Rubber Duckie Nativity
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Oestreicher used to be bothered when he would see Nativity scenes depicting Jesus, Mary and Joseph as rubber ducks, but now he looks at products like these as "whimsical attempts for people to engage in a mystery."
Meat Nativity
flickr: Greg Chow
This depiction of the birth of Jesus "meats" all of Oestreicher's criteria for an offbeat Nativity -- and has the added bonus of being able to feed peoples' stomachs and their souls at the same time.
Nativity Cupcake Toppers
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At first, Oestreicher was taken aback by the use of obviously commercial products, such as these cupcake toppers, even though they "weren't morally wrong." But he has learned to enjoy them.
Mermaid Nativity
Flickr: Teyacapan
Oestreicher loves the craft that went behind this Nativity scene, even though he finds the concept fishy.
Spam Nativity
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This depiction of the Bethlehem manger in Spam is surely made for Monty Python fans.
Snow Globe Nativity
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Oestreicher is particularly amused by this snow globe Nativity, mainly because of the way Mary and Joseph are looking at their child through a fishbowl.
S'mores Nativity
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Oestreicher believes this Nativity, which depicts Jesus and family as s'mores, is perhaps the worst Nativity set he's seen.
Shotgun Shell Nativity
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If there is a person in your life whose favorite religious ditty is "Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition," this Nativity made from shotgun shells is sure to hit the bull's-eye.
Soap Nativity
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Oestreicher's annual blog post of weird Nativity scenes has become so big that some people send him photos of their work in hopes of inclusion, such as this soap Nativity.
Tampon Nativity
TamponCrafts.com
Oestreicher initially worried about including this Nativity scene that uses tampons, but decided to go ahead since it comes from a legitimate craft website that just happens to be dedicated to using tampons.
Moose Nativity
ChristmasInPrescott.com
Oestreicher admits that he's not a fan of animal Nativity scenes, because they lack creativity.
Frog Nativity
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This frog Nativity is "ribbeting."
Meerkat Nativity
TheLMagazine.com
This meerkat Nativity says "Merry Christmas" and "Hakuna Matata" at the same time.
Color Nativity
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This Nativity scene, using only color blocks, is Oestreicher's current favorite, as it shows that the Nativity is so iconic that it's possible to look at these abstract shapes and still tell what it's depicting immediately.
Halloween Nativity
Bimey.com
Because some Christians are anti-Halloween, Oestreicher wasn't sure about the intent of the people who made this Nativity scene. But after discussions with the creators, he decided it was not malicious, just fun.
Chocolate Nativity
JazzyGourmet.com
Oestreicher jokes that the religious act of eating the body of Christ takes on new dimensions when he's made of chocolate.
Fondant Nativity
Etsy.com
There's only one word for these yummy-looking Nativity characters: Relicious!
Gingerbread Yard Art Nativity
Ebay.com
Celebrate two important holiday signifiers -- the Nativity and gingerbread men -- by combining them into big lawn ornaments.
Monkey Nativity
Etsy.com
This depiction of the Nativity featuring monkeys may cause a lot of discussion over the theory of evolution.
Nativity Puzzle Erasers
Word.com.au
A Nativity-themed puzzle eraser set may seem bizarre, but Oestreicher points out that Christians believe Jesus came to Earth to erase people's sins.
Nesting Dolls Nativity
Oriental Trading Company
Nativity nesting dolls are fairly common, but Oestreicher likes this particular set because the tiny sheep fits inside Baby Jesus.
Father Santa Nativity
Courtesy of Mark Oestreicher
Santa is a popular fixture in many Nativities, but Oestreicher said this one of Kris Kringle holding Baby Jesus moments after his birth takes things to a different level altogether.
Nativity Inside Frog Stomach
Frogstore.com
Oestreicher says this frog belly Nativity is "one of the strangest and most disorienting Nativities on the whole list."
Frankenstein Nativity
Facecebook
Christmas is great, Frankenstein movies are great, but that doesn't mean Frankenstein should be made into a Nativity scene.
Minimalist Nativity
emilievoirin.com
There is something to be said for simplicity, even with Nativity scenes -- as this minimalist set of blocks with descriptive names demonstrates.
Radish Nativity
Christy Hemphill
People all over the world make Nativities out of what they have handy. In Oaxaca City, Mexico, locals carve Nativities out of radishes because Dec. 23 is celebrated as "Radish Night."
Bethlehemian Rhapsody
It's not a Nativity scene per se, but Oestreicher is fond of this remake of "Bohemian Rhapsody," with lyrics changed to reflect the Christmas story.
Woodland Creatures Nativity
Courtesy of Mark Oestreicher
Oestreicher said this woodland Nativity was displayed at a store in North Carolina. He likes it, but said "the Santa in the background sorta ticked me off. Go away, Santa, back to your freaking chimney."
Negativity Nativity
Some people are in a bad mood even during joyous occasions. For them, there is the Negativity Nativity, a gift for those people who say "Bah Humbug!" 365 days a year.
Gnome Nativity
A Nativity scene featuring gnomes isn't for everyone, but some people get in the hobbit.
Road Trip Nativity
Courtesy of Mark Oestreicher
Anyone who travels during the holiday can appreciate this Nativity scene showing Jesus, Mary and Joseph heading out on the open road with the Three Wise Men. Hope there's enough gold to pay the tolls.

Although Oestreicher believes all the nutty Nativities show the power of the Christmas story, not everyone has the same belief.

Case in point: Sycamore Township, Ohio, where citizens are in an uproar over a man's zombie-themed Christmas display that includes an undead baby Jesus.

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