Most of this manger scene is made of beanbag figures. I like to bring a few other animals to the manger. This year I have the larger, wooden elephant, and “chicken” dish, and a giraffe carved from bone (from Africa I think), along with the carefully crafted figures of Mary, Joseph, a shepherd, a couple of kings, and Baby Jesus. The beanbag creche was new the year that we brought Rusty (adopted from the local pound after he’d been a prisoner there for 38 days) home to live with us. He was about two years old and was a Shepherd/Golden mixed breed. He loved his new home and was such a well behaved dog, but when he saw the beanbag figures on the coffee table, he thought they were puppy toys. He chewed the Baby Jesus before I realized what he was doing. Karen made me a new Baby Jesus figure for the creche to replace the one that Rusty ruined. I cherish these figures.