Jim Flanigan Looks at the World Again. Repost from December 2015. This is probably my most viewed post ever, very popular around Christmas. I hope you enjoy it and Merry Christmas.
While waiting in line at a local sweet shop, I could not take my eyes off their chocolate nativity for sale.
The very first question that sprang to my mind was, “Who gets to eat Baby Jesus?” I’ll address that later, but that was just the tip of the question iceberg for me. My mind was quickly spinning with so many questions as I checked-out that I tried to pay for my purchase with my dry cleaning ticket. Consider these quandaries that dizzied my consciousness …
- Will Baby Jesus taste better due to His divinity?
- Is it sacrilegious to eat Baby Jesus? Should only the manger around Baby Jesus be eaten leaving Baby Jesus intact?
- Will some conservatives be upset because Baby Jesus is brown?
Then I was overwhelmed as I began to think of the practicalities of a chocolate nativity. When do you put it out? Will it go bad if you put it out too early? How can anyone stop from eating one of the 3 Wise Men if you get hungry before Christmas? I mean, will anyone actually miss Melchior?
I count 11 pieces in the set above. I would suggest 12, and then one piece per day can be placed in the scene during the 12 Days of Christmas with chocolate Baby Jesus arriving in the scene on Christmas Day. Maybe a chocolate Santa that can pass as another shepherd or a 4th Wise Man can be snuck in as the 12th piece. I suggest using a chocolate Santa/Wise Man/Shepherd like this …
I would strongly advise against using this chocolate Santa to round out your nativity scene …
Ho, ho, ho indeed.
While we tend to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas before the holiday (that reminds me I have to find a store that sells “lords a-leaping”), what most people may not realize is that the 12 Days of Christmas were traditionally celebrated after the holiday. These days we are too busy wondering how to pay for Christmas to celebrate another 12 days after Christmas. But a tasty way to celebrate the traditional 12 Days of Christmas after the holiday would be to eat 1 of the nativity figures each of the 12 days.
In a family of 7 like I have, the main question will be, “Who gets to eat Baby Jesus?” Not me, for several reasons. First, even if the Pope himself gives 2 thumbs-up to eating a chocolate Baby Jesus, I remain wary of eating divine chocolate figures. But more importantly, just take a look at the nativity scene. Why would I want one of the smallest pieces? I’ll take the angel, thank you very much. That angel contains so much chocolate that I am sure it will taste heavenly.