Jesus Christ: The Nativity Play

Trivium 21c


This morning on the radio I heard tell of another Christmas tradition, that of the panic about the sullying of the traditional Christmas Nativity. Parents have been complaining that: ‘The traditional school nativity play is under pressure to modernise the story and remove religious figures’ and instead they see: ‘examples of characters such as spacemen, Elvis Presley and footballers being introduced to the nativity story.’ Parents report that: ‘Rather than simply casting Mary, Joseph, shepherds, wise men and a donkey, there are parts for aliens, punk fairies, Elvis Presley, footballers, a lobster and a drunken spaceman.’ And that: ‘Christmas carols have been replaced with Christmas-themed pop songs.’ Apparently parents of all faiths and none would prefer to keep the traditional Nativity and are fed up with their children getting only one message at Christmas: Mammon.

‘I want…’ Has become the traditional cry at Christmas rather than Amen.

Where do I…

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