Please Vote — Which One is Joseph?


Which one is Joseph?

I promised to show you my nativity sets.  This is the oldest one — the one my family had when I was a child.  To this day, I’m not sure which figure is Joseph and which is the shepherd.   One  appears to be about the right age, and is in white, but has a lamb at his side (also, this figurine seems oddly undersized).   The other one looks more like the right size for Joseph but he’s not the one in white, and he’s holding a shepherd’s staff.  My whole life I’ve wondered which one is Joseph.   josephsI honestly don’t know which one my mother used for Joseph.  So which one is it?  I’ll let you vote.   Joseph on the left in white, or Joseph on the right in purple? While we’re at it — make sure you post a comment here, so you can have a chance to win the beautiful nativity set from Rwanda! ceramic    





The next nativity set is very special because my mother painted it, and she passed away from cancer several years ago.  Isn’t it beautiful? Also, I know which “child” is Joseph here.         




A very special nativity set for our family is one we made years ago. We had an exchange student living with us at the time — Lizzie from England — our children were small, and every day we made one more piece for the nativity. It’s quite humorous, actually. Note the purple fur on King Herod and peanut snout for the donkey.  



Notice the cartoon faces for some of the figures; even at a young age, our children were excellent artists.     







Next, I will show you the nativity sets I’ve bought on my travels.  They come from Germany, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic:  








Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic



Finally, we have our newest nativity set, which I found right here in a gas station of all places, on sale.  It’s really huge and beautiful.  Look at the detail on the three wise men.  Isn’t it something?     wisemen1 img_8216


6 thoughts on “Please Vote — Which One is Joseph?

  1. Mary says:

    The one with the shepherd’s staff is Joseph. Many, many artist depict Joseph with a staff. He & Mary traveled a long way to Bethlehem. I have this same nativity except mine has a standing shepherd that is the same size as the other figures.

  2. Brittany says:

    I’d have to say the one in purple is Joseph. I’m assuming he needed a walking stick while traveling and perhaps he just used this staff?

  3. Danielle says:

    The one in purple looks almost exactly like the Joseph in my nativity set. Im not sure why he is holding the shepherd’s staff but with all the other males holding presents, sheep, or instruments in our set, he has to be Joseph.

  4. Jill says:

    Wow..that’s tough. But I’m voting for the one in white…maybe he was just petting the lamb.

  5. I dunno about which one is Joseph. The one in purple looks more like I imagine Joseph, for some reason, but why would he have a shepherd’s staff? He was a carpenter! So, for that reason, I guess the one in white is more likely. Even a carpenter might have an animal nearby, while staying in a stable.

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