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Joseph, Mary, Baby Jesus Take Selfie In Nativity Scene (Photo)

| by Michael Allen

Modern Nativity is selling an unusual Nativity scene that features Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus taking a selfie in the manger.

The Hipster Nativity Set product description states:

A lot has changed in the last 2,000 years. For starters, I don’t even think they had iPhones back then, which explains why Joseph didn’t add the birth of Jesus to his Snapchat story. If you love Amazon Prime, and have no idea what frankincense and myrrh (sp?) are, this is the Nativity set for you.

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In more religious gifting news, the American Family Association is adding to the holiday cheer with its "2016 Christmas 'Naughty or Nice' store listing."

The list places national retailers in three categories: "Nice, Marginal and Naughty" as to whether they adequately commercialize the birth of Jesus in their advertising.

If a company puts a strong effort into marketing Jesus' birthday to rake in money, it gets placed on the "Nice" list. But if it does not use the word "Christmas" to cash in on Jesus, it gets put on the "Naughty" list.

The "Naughty" list includes Barnes & Noble, which the AFA describes as: "Company may use 'Christmas' sparingly in a single or unique product description, but as a company, does not recognize it."

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As a matter of record, the Bible does not recognize the word "Christmas" either.

Best Buy also got put on the "Naughty" list by the AFA: "Company refers to Christmas infrequently, or in a single advertising medium, but not in others."

Not all of the cashing in on Christmas is acceptable. For example, Family Dollar stores got criticized by the AFA: "Family Dollar shamelessly opens their stores on Christmas morning, showing they think more of the dollar than the family."

PetSmart also got dinged for not mentioning Christmas enough in its pet products: "Company may use 'Christmas' sparingly in a single or unique product description, but as a company, does not recognize it."

Big box store Wal-Mart, where people can by guns for Christmas, got high marks from the AFA on the "Nice" list: "An AFA '5-Star' rated company that promotes and celebrates Christmas on an exceptional basis."

The AFA gave its own "AFA Online Store" a "Nice" listing as well.

The AFA Online Store sells Christmas wristbands that say: "Keep Christ In Christmas," a DVD called "The Atheist Delusion" and "holiday flavored coffee [that] tastes as good as gingerbread cookies hot out of the oven!"

It interestingly describes it as "holiday flavored coffee," rather than "Christmas flavored coffee."

Sources: Modern NativityAmerican Family Association, AFA Store / Photo credit: Modern Nativity

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