Every time I imagine the nativity, the manger probably throws me for the biggest loop. Last year, for the "From Her Voice" devotions, I literally made two for the devotional image. Eventually I scrapped both and just put Jesus in Mary's arms. There is nothing terribly compelling about it. It was a box used to feed the animals. I mean, when Dorothy falls into the pigsty, in MGM's Wizard of Oz, I didn't jump up and go, "That's an awesome feeding trough! Wow!" When I watched the cartoon and live action Charlotte's Web I didn't really pay attention to the trough Timpleton stood on to collect Wilbur's food.
I don't know. Maybe one of the elements we should take away from the manger is the simplicity. New beginnings are often simple. They just make sense. There is not much explanation needed. It simply is. Oh, that's the wooden/stone box Jesus slept in? Oh, yeah, the manger. Of course! Sometimes we get so convoluted with our explanations, we forget sometimes it's just so simple. God loves us.
What are you overthinking right now?