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The Naffness of Nativity

December 3, 2014

I like this reflection on nativity plays and the confused minds of certain secularists – and the Metal carol isn’t bad, either!

THE BLOG OF DAVID ROBERTSON

It’s that time of year again. The marmite day in the church calendar that we either love or hate. I’m talking of course about the Nativity play. Although most people’s experience of them has been at school, many churches (including my own) do them as well. Our ‘Monday Mix’ club and our Impact group will both present their versions of the Christmas story on the Sunday evening before Christmas – combined with a few carols, a Christmas tree, the Gaelic carol, a short message and the ubiquitous mince pies.

Nativity plays have come under scrutiny this week. The media have carried stories and run phone-in shows about whether the traditional school nativity play is being secularised. Tales abound of spacemen, robots, lobsters and Wayne Rooney being used to ‘tell the Christmas story’. It seems as though pantomime and nativity have morphed to become the ultimate in naff entertainment. Christmas carols…

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