1. “Thinking that having a nativity float is a sign of a Christian society is a far greater threat.”
    I love that line!!

  2. “Best of all, if the Christian Christmas story is released from the pressure to be popular it means we can take the nativity from its place in the corner of the sparkly shopping centre, where the star at its top gets lost among the glitter and glitz of the decorations.

    We can put it unashamedly next to the dumpster out the back, where there are no other stars to light the dark.”

    There’s something in that for “coming soon”. It’s like “was here all along, you were just looking in the light places”

  3. I like it. Rather than rushing to preserve something just because it is ‘Christian’ it is worth considering, do the icons even belong next to the beacons of consumerism.

    It reminds me of something I read in the New Yorker about the lights across America. Because our cities are so luminescent, it restricts so much of what we can see in space. Who is to say that the wise men and women would even see the star this Christmas, unless it was rebroadcast to them over CNN?

  4. It’s also a reminder to me of many a conversation with friends defending traditions of faith that were in fact, quite recent additions to the assembly that they found themselves in. This in fact leads me to a question for readers of this Blog. Every year at these major celebrations “how do we tell this ancient story in a way that this generation will be able to hear it?” My question is, where is the line when utilising contemporary methodology? Is there a line that gets crossed? Does the end (effectively communicating the story) justify any means?

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