|Height||Price||Discount if With Nativity|
|Medium Nativity Ox||1' 11" x 1' 4"||Buy||Buy|
|Large Nativity Ox||2' 9" x 1' 11"||Buy||Buy|
|Lifesize Nativity Ox||4' 3" x 2' 11"||Buy||Buy|
The nativity ox is the addition for 2015. To be honest, I wanted to add the ox way before now. I wanted to add him my second year. After the donkey but before the angel, shepherds and wisemen. Traditionally, that would have been more appropriate. Records show that the very first nativity ever made was in the year 1223, in Grecio, Italy and it only had an ox and a donkey. Mary, Joseph, the baby and the rest of the entourage were added much later.
When I first started doing nativities I was very committed to the calm and peaceful feeling it portrayed. I think animals add to that feeling. The idea of animals near, doing their own thing, but not necessarily paying attention to that precious moment in history, just feels very wonderful to me. So really, for quite a while I didn’t want to add anything more than the Ox and the Donkey to the set. But I just got too many requests and the inspiration came, so more characters came. But this year, I’m finally getting my nativity ox and I’m thrilled to add him. I believe (though I’ve said this before, and was later proven wrong) that this will complete the set for me. It’s been fun to add something new each year but I can’t think of anything else the set needs at this point. I don’t want to upset anyone and if you feel strongly that you need something else, please feel free to email me. But at this point, I’m very happy with it.
Just as some added history, I think it’s interesting that though much of the nativity characters are more tradition than they are biblically accurate; there is scriptural symbolic meaning to the donkey and the Ox being present at the nativity. According to the apocryphal Gospel of James, an ancient prophecy by Isaiah referred to both the ox and the donkey at the nativity. The ox served as a symbol of the Jews and the donkey as a symbol of the pagans. Showing that Christ was born as a savior for all.
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