Arrooo in the Manger

(Why yes, I did set my new nativity set in the floor last night, just because Ann is giving me pressies today  begged  asked sweetly.)

That’s the gift that’s giving the Keurig a run for its money as best gift of the season.   My dear aunt gave that to me, and I am simply beside myself with joy.  You can bet your bippy that next year, that will be the first Christmas decoration out, and the last one put away.

Aren’t they – oops!  Wrong photo.   As you can see, Gretchen isn’t appropriately impressed.  She’s been watching Dirty Dancing on the (cable TV) Channel Guide all month, and she knows you don’t put baby in the corner  that baby Jesus shouldn’t be in the floor, in certainly not smack in the middle of the kitchen.

(Not pictured:  Sissy, being a proper basset for a change, stretched out against the front of the refrigerator, which is a few feet to the left of the display…)

Have you ever?!  I’m smitten…  What breeds do you see?  My cousin and I spent some time, debating what was what.  I’m still not sure about baby Jesus, but the angel’s a buff cocker spaniel,  Mary’s a dalmation, Joseph could be a mix or one of about three other breeds…  The dog to the left (as you see them) of Jeseph is a black lab, and the other, I’m not sure.  The Wise Men?  A bulldog, a boxer and a shepherd.

Now, I’m headed to an early lunch with Ann at Panera’s.   Somehow, all these years, I’ve missed that they have mac ‘n cheese.   See?!  That’s why I love Ann so; she introduced me to Maggie Moo’s as a lunch destination too.

Don’t think of today as little monday; it’s fake wednesday!    After all, you don’t want to miss fake little friday or fake friday, just because of a holiday, now do you?!

You also don’t want to miss the week of tributes Sue is doing on Dogs ‘n More.  It’s a lovely tradition we’re starting for this last week of the year, honoring our departed pets of all kinds.    Our most faithful friends definitely should not be forgotten…    (Thanks Mr. Burns, for those beautiful words.)

22 comments on “Arrooo in the Manger

  1. gaylen says:

    You sound fabulous today! Love that nativity – love it. In fact, I might be jealous.

    I also can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched Dirty Dancing! I just love that movie – I mean who doesn’t? It’s rather like Turner & Hootch in our house – if it’s on, you have to watch it.

    Happy Hump Day!! g

  2. Amanda says:

    No Boston Terrier??? 😦

  3. Dawn says:

    What an adorable nativity! Gretchen is cute as ever!

  4. Jeanine says:

    Where did that Navtivity come from? I must have one! Honey would so love it!

  5. Kathy says:

    Love it! I picked out that black lab right away. Though it’s not yellow, Lucy is glad to see her breed represented.

  6. Sue says:

    That is really cute. I’ve never seen Gretchen look so big.

    Our Panera just started offering mac and cheese. We haven’t tried it yet.

  7. Blond Duck says:

    That is my kind of nativity scene! Drat, I forgot about the tribute!

  8. Nichole says:

    OMG … LOVE. LOVE. LOVE………….

  9. Anniebananie says:

    I didn’t ask nicely. I begged and badgered and demanded. And you humored me. Thank you! I absolutely love the nativity. It is precious, and I think that Gretchen and I need to have a little chat.

    I don’t know how long Panera has had the mac and cheese – several months, at least. And it is soooo yummy. I could eat just that for lunch.

    And speaking of lunch, I had a wonderful time! Thank you so much for the giftees. I promise I will take pictures and post later tonight. I love my yarn!!!!!

  10. Marjie says:

    A mastiff should certainly have been one of the wise men. Of course, he would have been too big to fit in with the rest of the characters…

  11. Yvonne says:

    I agree with Jeanine; I must have that Nativity!!!!! Where did it come from?
    OK, Chan. We could stretch it….that’s a golden not a buff cocker. Note the size is similar to the black lab. The grey dog next to it is a weim
    Dirty Dancing…..Ahhhhh! Patrick Swayze; what a 2009 loss! He makes my heart throb.

  12. Grace says:

    mac n Cheese is new at the panera’s around here about a month or so But everyone is raving about it!!!!

    Love your Nativity

    and I agree with Yvonne Patrick Swayze was a serious loss this year

  13. Bubblesknits says:

    That looks like my kitty nativity, except with doggies! 🙂 We de-Christmased today and the house looks so empty.

  14. That nativity earns my highest canine honor….A-dog-able! Why does little Gretchie always look so worried? What’s going on over there that we can’t see? Hmm…I may have to come check this out myself!

    • chanknits says:

      Gretchen does look worried often, doesn’t she?! It’s tough being a smart girl and knowing that your idiot mother should NOT have even a puppy baby Jesus in the floor… She wasn’t buying that it was the best light for an indoor photo, but that was the truth.


  15. Anita says:

    Goodness, that is just absolutely ADORABLE! And it has a Harley Mary! LOL
    Really, really cute! I wonder if I can find a cat one…. wait, doesn’t Jessi have a cat one????

  16. AlisonH says:

    That’s wond-arf-ul!

  17. Christina says:

    Great Nativity – made me think of the dalmation that I used to have.

    Happy New Year…almost!

  18. Darcy says:

    I love the Nativity Scene I’m trying to get one more project done in December a Birthday Cowl for Samantha.
    Then I need to work on my wip’s it’s a New Year resolution.Hugs Darcy

  19. StarSpry says:

    The nativity is just adorable! I love Gretchen’s face…she’s so un-impressed 🙂

  20. My sister collects Nativity scenes, and oH!! wouldn’t she love the doggie one!! So cute!!

  21. Dianne says:

    That is adorable! I’ve never seen anything like it!

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