Readers of this blog may find it hard to believe, but I don’t go around looking for faces. They just jump out at me.

When you have pareidolia, like I do, you can’t always help seeing faces in places they’re not supposed to be. And, often, once I see a face, I can’t unsee it.

That’s what happened when my neighbour put up a wooden manger scene on her lawn last holiday season.

Maybe it’s because my brain was still in Halloween-mode, or maybe it’s because at first, I couldn’t make out what the shape actually was – all I could see was a hungry monster sneaking up on a poor unsuspecting shepherd.

And now that’s all you’ll be able to see, too!

Wooden cut-out of two palm trees joined at the top, behind a shepherd, lit by a green spotlight, as part of a manger scene. The palm trees have been doodled with two dragon eyes, angry eyebrows and arms reaching for the shepherd, to make it look more like a monster reaching for him. Speech bubbles say, "Shepherds are so addictive, I can't stop eating them." and "I just keep coming back for myrrh."

(P.S. In case you’re now having trouble figuring out what the “monster” is: it’s two palm trees and some bushes.)