If you love Christmas and you’re a geek, you’ll probably love this geeky robot nativity scene.
Of course, with all of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas scene, which has shoppers competing with each other to clear store shelves and occasionally brave pepper spray, it’s often all to easy to forget that the holiday has a religious origin.
This one by Etsy user Day of the Robot has robots taking the place of Mary, Joseph, the wise men, the shepherds and of course the baby Jesus. Instead of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, the robot wise men have followed the star to Bethlehem, bringing the Robot Baby Jesus a vacuum tube, a gear, and a set of Legos. Hey, that’s exactly what I’d like for Christmas! Even better, the scene uses LEDs to light the whole thing up. It can be yours for $200.
If you’re interested in the history of nativity scenes, Saint Francis of Assisi is generally credited as creating the first scene depicting the birth of Jesus way back in 1223. But instead of robots, the Catholic friar used real people and animals for the scene, staging it in a cave, in what’s become known as a “living” nativity.
Robots however, are much more predictable and a lot less messy than babies, sheep or donkeys.