Thursday, 9 December 2010
Lip Service Nativity
(I know, this happens E.V.E.R.Y C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S…)
I'm sorry. Nativity plays are cute and that, but they are soooo tedious. So dull...
...Or is that just me…??
Having just come out of Ben's second Nativity play of his entire life, I am fuming. Seething. Frustrated.
What a farce! What a shame...
It wouldn't have been be so bad if I could've seen Ben and he was actually doing something!
Instead I will just remember this year's play as the one where my son didn't do anything except sit on the floor in his PJs , with a tea towel round his head, among another 130 kids, being the 'singing crowd'. He and many of his classmates found it pretty boring as it seemed there were only about 6 children there with main (read: i.n.t.e.r.e.s.t.i.n.g - or FUN) parts.
The "singing crowd" weren't even prompted to STAND to sing their songs for crying out loud!!
How unfair. How frankly stupid...
The little glimpses I managed to catch of Ben, from my cramped, tiny, child-sized seat 4 rows from the back, only served to reinforce the feelings I already had as I had walked into the school hall earlier… His little face was almost exactly what you would draw as a typical caricature of a tired, bored, SAD face. His eyes, each time they caught mine, were pleading with me to take him home.
I would really want to be able to look back one day and think of my children's school Nativity plays as LOVELY and MEANINGFUL but I don't think that's about to happen. To me they're just paying lip service to an event so amazing you can hardly put into words - they just make me angry. And Incredibly Frustrated. (Did I say I was frustrated!?)
Every so often I come across a deeply meaningful nativity play, like the one Ben was involved in last year in Reception… Or the ones my Thomas takes part in every year, at his "special school"… Or the ones produced by Out of the Ark, who are a Christian-based primary-school-production company. If done well and your kids are properly involved, then sure they can be great.
But mostly, the experience I have had of them over the past 10 years have brought out irritation and cynicism in me and made my skin crawl.
And yes, for certain things I am a self-confessed, unapologetic Grinch.