Tuesday, 28 December 2010

so how was yours?

click to go to the BBC's Nativity homepageAs we shivered through the latest of the Met Office's mild winters, I watched BBC's The Nativity, which was very well made. So well-made, in fact, that it was easy to miss the fact that, during the Annunciation scene in episode 2, Mary (Tatiana Maslany) had no chance to say to Gabriel (John Lynch) her famous fiat of Luke 1:38 - ecce ancilla Domini fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum: "behold the Lord's handmaid, let it be done to me according to your word" or, more prosaically, "yes". It doesn't take much thought to see that the lack of this opportunity presents the Incarnation as little more than a rape.

But that's just my opinion, and some more of my opinion about the Corporation is that it's retreating from its previous head-on assaults on Christianity like Jerry Springer the Opera and In the Spirit of Dhiagilev, a ballet featuring a homicidal, nun-raping Pope pulled from last year's Christmastime schedule, in favour of more insidious misinformation about Judaeo-Christian faith traditions.

Christmas day was good, especially since I'm at an age when you want people to give you socks and deodorant, as it saves you having to buy them! I also got a voucher for WH Smith, which is getting spent on a year's subscription to Reader's Digest. In the evening we watched Toy Story 3, which made me cry - again - before the conservation-porn of Avatar.

It was after Christmas Day that I saw a Nativity display in the window of St Philip's and St Stephen's Church on Cambridge's Mill Road with a notice that put everything in context for me:

click to go to St Philip's and St Stephen's homepage

click to go to St Philip's and St Stephen's website

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