I have carved a few nativity figures. The Nativity scene as we know and celebrate it has its roots in the ministry of St. Francis. His love of nature and animals has made some impact on our Christmas decorations at least.
In this poem, C. S. Lewis imagined the story through the eyes of the creatures of the nativity.
“The Nativity” – C. S. Lewis
Among the oxen (like an ox I’m slow)
I see a glory in the stable grow
Which, with the ox’s dullness might at length
Give me an ox’s strength
Among the asses (stubborn I as they)
I see my Savior where I looked for hay;
So may my beastlike folly learn at least
The patience of a beast.
Among the sheep (I like a sheep have strayed)
I watch the manger where my Lord is laid;
Oh that my baa-ing nature would win thence
Some wooly innocence!