I know you’ve all been eagerly anticipating this year’s version of the lego creche. And it is much improved from last year’s, although I’ll always have a soft spot for the original Mary. Abel got his ginormous lego tub out of storage last June, and has benefitted from having a much wider variety to work from.

For example, Mary now has a girl’s face. She’s still rocking the brunette ponytail, and this year is modeling a sleek black futuristic look. The Virgin Mother also has a staff, just because you never know. It’s best to be prepared, even after giving birth in a stable.

Baby Jesus is without the claws this year, or indeed arms.

Joseph has a much more traditional look.

This year, there’s an entire auberge plus stable in the back, shaded by palm trees, complete with horses.

The reason there was no room at the inn is because this soldier was there, commandeering the whole place!

Here’s a closer view of the stable, with the wise men gathered outside.

And inside, where Jesus has his face turned against the wall because Abel wasn’t happy that the only face he could find had a scowl.

In addition to the auberge/stable, there is also Herod, with a troll’s sword, talking to some guards, about to send them off on a cruel mission. He deserves the troll sword!