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Monday, November 21 2016 15:30

Go Tell It On The Mountain, The Hipster Nativity Set is Here!

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During my "big box retail" phase of the mid-late 90s, there were a few of us who would, on occasion, replace a certain baby in one of our display Nativity sets with Yoda. His size was just about right to replace the manger and all, and surprisingly, I don't think there were ever any complaints - it was like an "Easter Egg" hidden within the seasonal department. Fast forward two decades and much has changed, but the Nativity has remained largely untouched - though someone did pitch me a zombie version last year that was sadly unsuccessful in its Kickstarter phase. But, for 2016, there is something new! Behold, the "Modern Nativity," aka "Millennial Nativity" aka the "Hipster Nativity." 

Hipster Nativity

Joseph is rockin' a man bun and taking a selfie of Mary (holding a coffee cup while throwing a peace sign and doing "duckface") and the baby. The shepherd is doing something on his tablet, while he's got a sheep in a sweater next to a "100% organic" cow eating gluten-free feed. And the three wisemen? They're arriving at the solar-powered stable on Segways, each bearing gifts from Amazon Prime.

Hipster Nativity

At $129.99, I'd hope that it's hand-crafted in America somewhere, but all we can confirm is that it's "handpainted" (somewhere, probably China) resin. Some of the jokes seem a tad dated already, and others seem ripe to be made, but I'm already imagining a whole "Millennial Holiday Village" set. If the makers of this thing aren't already on it, they can cut me a check and we'll get the wheels moving.

Fun Fact: I was in a "Living Nativity" once. Never again. The experience still haunts me.

Want one? Check out ModernNativity.com

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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