During my years of living in a large vicarage I collected quite a few nativity sets. Some of these I gave away when I retired but many I kept. Some are on display every Christmas but some come out one year but not the next. I got one out today which hasn't seen the light of day for several years.
The figures are in dark wood and unfortunately don't photograph very well but I hope you can see Mary, Joseph and the baby, three shepherds, a sheep, a cow and two kings.
Only two kings? That's right!
This set was the first I ever bought and it was a bargain because one of the kings and the donkey are missing. I got it for very little and the saleswoman was glad to be rid of it because two models had gone walkabout. It was only after I had bought it that I pointed out that the Bible makes no mention of three kings, just three gifts brought by Magi. There is no mention of a donkey for Mary to ride or a stable, just a manger which may have been in a field or a cave.
This isn't one of my favourite sets but each time I unpack it I am reminded to go and read the gospel anew. (Not that I need much reminding!)
And I am glad knowing the gospel brought me a very unusual opportunity to save a bob or two!