This is the 14th year of Captain Kirk’s presence in the nativity on the mantel. The job of setting this up used to be mine, so one year I added him to see how long it took my family to notice. He’s been a staple ever since—Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays…William Shatner is a required presence at every family event.
Occasionally other action figures have joined the fray—currently the figure-in-residence is Spock—but in my non-religious family William has taken an eerie amount of importance. (Today, after my sister told our nephew to take aim with a marshmallow gun at Shatner’s head, I proclaimed “IS NOTHING SACRED??”).
These days my niece is in charge of putting together the nativity, but it’s still my job to add William Shatner. It’s not technically Christmas until he’s there.
Maybe someday he’ll get a proper Einstein wig.