Red Hook Brooklyn

For at least 10 years, sisters Annette and Susane Amendola of 344 Van Brunt Street have put a Christmas nativity scene in a empty lot they own, for passersby to enjoy. “People love it, but they really get a laugh out of the cats”

For years even before the nativity set has been placed, the lot had been home to at least a dozen feral cats.

The creche is left in the back of the lot during the spring and summer months and the cats use it for shelter.

So during the winter and holidays the creche is moved to the front and decorated with the nativity set.

Annette explains she doesn’t place the baby Jesus until December 25 and a bail of hay is left there waiting.

That’s where the cats all climb and sleep under the warmth of the spot lights.

Annette also says that when she does place the infant figurine of baby Jesus on the bale of hay, the cats push the the figurine off and their rightful spot on the bale.