POSTED: Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 6:26pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — One Oregon nativity display is more of a close encounter of the third kind type.
Portland artist Matt Henderson created the nativity scene using alien figurines.
The display, which is inside a former church, also includes an androgynous Mary and Joseph and a shaman Santa Claus.
Henderson says he does not mean to hurt anyone's feelings with the display, instead he wants the public to use it to reflect on themselves.
"You might be expecting to see an alien baby but you see a reflection of yourself. And that's the symbolic message of nativity. Recognizing divinity and potential in yourself. And at the same time perhaps recognizing the terrestrial nature of Christ," he explains.