Monday, 10 December 2007

The Christmas Nativity

A tradition of schools in generations past has been the school nativity play. I heard on BBC Radio 2 this morning that only 1 in 5 schoools will produce a nativity play this year and I think that this is a sad reflection on today's politically correct society.

School heads are so concerned about being offending other religions that they no longer celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with the traditional end of term production in which the children take the starring roles in their school nativity play.

On a lighter note, I am going to start re-reading Gervase Phinn's delightful book A Wayne In A Manger. Gervase Phinn was a North Yorkshire schools' inspector for many years and he has produced some wonderful tales of the children he met during this time. Naturally, as an inspector, he got invited to many schools for their nativity plays and this book is an anthology of his favourite infant nativity plays.

Much of this book is in Yorkshire dialect, so those of you who are unfamiliar with it may have some difficulty understanding, but the title of the book refers to an incident when the vicar asked the children the name of the baby whose birthday they were celebrating. One child was insistent that 'It were called Wayne' and nothing could shake his belief and the vicar was becoming increasingly short tempered; insisting that the baby's name was Jesus. The story goes that the child insisted that the baby's name was Wayne: 'I know 'cos we all sang about it in assemby: "A Wayne in a manger, no crib for a bed."'

1 comment:

Tea Time and Roses said...

I laughed out loud reading this!! :o) "A Wayne in a manger" funny! Enjoy!!

Merry Christmas