This is how I arrange my nativity scene. Mary is kneeling at the feet of the Baby Jesus, Joseph is standing by, the secondary characters look on from the periphery and the animals are scattered here and there. It is set like a stage, no backs are to the audience and the taller people are in the back.
This, by the way, is the DO NOT TOUCH nativity. It is fraa-jee-lay. (Name that movie!)
This is the way my children arrange it. Jesus is in the middle, but every person, angel and animal are focused on Him. One of my pods does this every year. Each time I see it, I put the pieces back, yet the next time I look at it, the nativity is back, focused on Baby Jesus.
Yes, please notice the donkey's missing ear. The donkey ear is missing from every nativity scene in America. It is followed by the angel's wings. Like I said, this is the DO NOT TOUCH nativity.
We also have a PLEASE PLAY WITH ME nativity. It is a Little People's version with sweet faces and indestructible donkey ears. Here we see the children have placed all of the characters in their places. Even the sheep dog looks reverently on.My children teach me things every day. Do I do what looks good or do I do what is right? And in what direction am I looking?