Yesterday Verena bought me an advent calendar, so we can both spend the whole month eating surprise chocolate every day. Advent calendars are one of my favorite things about Christmas.
Anyway, this calendar is a little bit odd. The picture on the front is what appears to be a normal Christmas scene – the Nativity surrounded by all its visitors – but there are some things that are seriously wrong with it:
-While Mary appears virgin-like as always, Joseph looks much like a burly Scottish highlander, with a really thick red beard and moustache, and some sort of Rambo-like headband.
-There is a snowman present…even though there is no snow on the ground in the scene.
-Santa is in his sleigh in the sky, following the Three Kings, who are riding on the magic carpet of a genie with gold earrings. He looks a lot like the genie from Aladdin.
-The Three Kings are not bearing gifts of frankincense and myrrh, but rather things that look like sticks with Christmas lights on them. I have no idea what they’re really supposed to be.
-There is also a man present who looks suspiciously like Robin Hood. He is carrying a bag, which in the picture, appears to be moving.
-There is a log present. Who has a nose. Actually he has a whole face. And a hat.
-Baby Jesus appears to be giving the thumbs-up sign to the genie-kings-santa parade in the sky.
I wasn’t aware that a log, a snowman, Robin Hood, Santa, AND a genie were all present at the birth of Jesus. The things you learn from advent calendars!