From Old World Christmas. The Ox, as one of the "friendly beasts," shared the stable with the Baby Jesus. He did not eat in order to share his hay as a cushion in the manger. He warmed the Baby with his breath, and at midnight on Christmas Eve, and every Christmas thereafter, the Ox kneels down to honor the Lord. This ox ornament is already in a kneeling stance, and is intricately molded to appear very life-like.