Remember the Zombie Nativity? It caused all sorts of knickers-twisting back a coupla-three years ago. As you can imagine, this new Halloween-themed nativity set from The First Halloween has likewise rubbed some people the wrong way, leading to lots of pearl-clutching on the social medias. The proprietors don’t address the question of whether or not they are (A) practicing Satanists (B) militant atheists (C) filthy Communists (D) godless heathen mockers of Christmas directly on their website, but they do offer the following explanation for the Halloween nativity set: “The First Halloween nativity set is a blend of Halloween tradition and the Spirit of Christmas in a fun whimsical way that people of all ages will enjoy! We created this fun nativity set out of our love for Halloween for our family and have decided to share it with you! We hope you love it as much as we do! If so, please send us an email with your fun photos! Thanks again for joining us on this fun and spooky adventure.”
To all the pearl-clutchers, I say, lighten up. The Halloween nativity set is adorable. If it wasn’t so danged expensive I’d buy one. It isn’t anti-Christmas. It isn’t mocking *the* Nativity (capital N). I’m no great theologian, but I can assure you that Jesus is not worried in the slightest about this. He isn’t offended. Rather, He is, most certainly, by a great many things, and so should we all be—war, poverty, racism, crime, the poisoning of the earth, man’s general inhumanity to his fellow man—but not by some silly toy display. Having Dracula in his coffin stand in for the babe in the manger is inspired, but I think the three zombie wise men are my faves.