First off, let me relieve your anxiety over my manger scene animals and inform you that it's the Charolais cow that's going into my crèche. This is a beautiful animal and I must have one even if it's made of plastic and only 3" high.
Intense scrutiny of cow types and consideration of their qualities for inclusion in my little project has lead me to a new found appreciation for bovine beauty. I don't mean the cartoonish black and white cow pattern craze that was so popular for kitchen goods a few years ago, I mean the animals themselves. Call me late to the party.
During my ruminating over the manger cow situation, I came across a Charolais portrait done by Denise Rich, the Cow Artist and fell completely in love with her renderings of dairy herds and beef cattle.
[This next part is for my family: Even though I said I don't need anything and furthermore don't want anything for Christmas this year, I now rescind that statement. A nice fine art print of the moody and vaguely threatening Holstein Trio on Red would make a lovely present - possibly the hypnotic Wholesteins. Either one would make me very happy. - Love, Mother.]
In other animal representation news, it turns out the two-humped camel is Asian and the one-humped camel is Arabic. So, considering that our manger scene must, by paternal decree, include palm trees, we are going with the fleet Dromedary instead of the hairy Bactrian.