Growing up, my family had a nativity set with a thatched roof and wooden sides. It was as true-to-life as any could be. While I was not particularly religious, I enjoyed moving the pieces around and imagining how the birth of Jesus Christ really went down. Although it contains an ox, donkey, Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus, this Massimo Giacon and Alessi Nativity set ($105) is a clear departure from my traditional nativity set. The porcelain manger looks more like a bubble chair than a manger. The figurines, in full–Massimo Giacon style, are reminiscent of Italian comic-strip characters. I suppose it's kind of funny though. The ox and donkey don't have
bodies . . .