December 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
Tis the time of year for Nativity stories: the immaculate conception of Mary with Jesus, how they fled to Bethlehem, the birth in the manger of the Christian Saviour, the wisemen who followed a star and brought gifts. There are several versions of this story in mythology as well as books that tell the tale–whether you read the Bible for spiritual accounts or you attend a nativity play–and Christmas pageants are often featured in churches world-wide to enact this moment.
One of the books I enjoyed as a child was The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (LS .R5603B 1988) in which the rambunctious group of Herdman children, “the worst kids in the history of the world,” discover the nativity story for the first time and take over the play, having attended church for the first time after hearing they could get free snacks. This is a sweet and funny tale.
If you want something downright hilarious and irreverent then watch David Tennant as he plays the Virgin Mary for a radio panto: Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey.