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A Christmas Eve meeting - a wee drama!

3 ladies laden with shopping bags sit in a local café

Miriam

Whew, I’m ready for a nice cuppa with lots of sugar! This Christmas shopping really exhausts me.

Salome

Have you got everything in for tomorrow? Do you know Tesco has run out of sprouts. Christmas dinner’s not the same without sprouts, is it?

Lizzy

Does your family eat them? I’ve got to buy asparagus and ratatouille for my lot.

Salome

Well, actually they don’t and I end up throwing them out, but you have to have sprouts. Nigella says so on the telly.

Miriam

Never mind, after tomorrow you can relax and put your feet up, and we’ll get back to normal again.

Lizzy

Aye, normality again once the tree comes down and the decorations go away for another year.

Salome

That nativity play the children did at school was really something. They found parts for so many of them – dozens of shepherds for the boys and angels for the girls as well as the main people. Just reminds you that Christmas is for the children.

Miriam

It did go on a bit though, they could have done without that Caesar August or whatever his name was, I mean, why did he have to count all his people just for a council tax? The SNP's charges are bad enough with that new tax rate. Messes up our men's tax codes.

Salome

That would have meant Mary and Joseph wouldn’t have had to walk that long distance with her nearly gone. Just as well she got to Bethlehem in time.

Lizzy

And that innkeeper – I bet he turned them away because they were dusty from that long walk. I mean look at the pictures of Mary in the Christmas cards, she always looks so nice and clean with her blue dress and golden hair.

Salome

And her having to have the baby in a stable – it’s a wonder she didn’t get that MRSA or whatever that new disease is called.

Miriam

I’d have got rid of that Herod – killing all the babies. It’s like what you see on the telly. I’d have left him out of the story. Really spoils it, so it does. Soldiers have enough to do in Syria with all the fighting there.

Lizzy

Well, that’s as maybe – I’ll need to get going. Will I see you both at the midnight service tonight?

Miriam

O no, not me, I’ll have enough to do what with hanging up stockings and getting the weans to bed, putting out a glass of milk for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph. You can’t miss that out for the sake of the children – Christmas is for them, I can’t wait to see Clarissa’s face when she sees her new dolls house tomorrow morning or Horace with his new trainers.

Salome

And I won’t be there – what’s it got to do with Christmas anyway?

ALL

Bye, happy Christmas when it comes

Do you hear these sentiments about Christmas?

Are all these preparations of food and presents necessary?

How do we prepare in our homes, buying presents, meals?

Do we focus only on the "nice" bits of the Christmas story?


Marjory J B Williamson (a Trustee of ALTERnativity), with thanks to some Wild Goose Gossips

@ALTYGlasgow

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