The tree is lit, the decorations are put up and the Christmas season is in full swing. But nothing celebrates the true meaning of this holiday quite like the display of a Nativity scene.
The scene of the birth of Jesus in a manger, surrounded by animals and the Three Kings, is a holiday staple, whether it’s the bright figures on your lawn or the Sunday School children who reenact it live at mass.
But sometimes people get a little creative with their scenes…like a dog groomer who pulled off the cutest nativity scene the internet has ever seen.
Jo Kingston runs a dog walking and grooming business called Wags to Riches in Leicestershire, England. Around Christmas 2017, the company went viral thanks to a very funny photo.
The groomers have decided to take their magnificent dogs and create an all-canine nursery!
The costumes were quite simple: the dogs were wrapped in towels to resemble the dresses of a traditional nativity scene.
Probably the cutest part of the set is a tiny puppy poking out of the manger, playing baby Jesus.
The internet quickly fell in love with the photo, which has been retweeted over a thousand times.
I woke up and someone tagged me in this picture saying, “Jo, you’ve gone viral,” Jo shared. “I’ve had so many people message me.”
“I was not expecting that at all.”
Anyone who has had to snatch children to stand still for a Nativity scene knows how difficult it can be, but apparently the dogs were perfect actors, as long as they got a treat.
“They were all happy to sit down for the photo,” the owners said. “It’s amazing what dogs will do for a cookie.”
It was such a hit that the groomers made it a Christmas tradition, setting up another Nativity in 2018:
Dress rehearsal for this year’s nursery…
They even extended to the celebration of other holidays and events, such as New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day and the Royal Wedding.
We’re so excited about the royal wedding here at Wags To Riches, we’ve decided to recreate our own wedding at the dog daycare….
Nativity play… scene 1…
2000 years ago in Judea. (Now called Israel) something very special happened.
There was a young women called Mary and she had a visit from an Angel called Gabriel……(make sure your sound is up) x pic.twitter.com/QKk9VVG1Gh
— Wags to Riches Pet Services (@to_wags) December 2, 2018