Nativity plays at Christmas serve as the recruitment of children into the Christian religious cult. Of course, I think they should be banned. They are propaganda events whereby very young and susceptible children are used to portray the birth of the schizophrenic Jesus Christ the main man of the religion who claimed he was God. Children throughout the land are fed this claptrap by all the adults around them teachers and parents alike.
Young children are presented with this myth as if it was the TRUTH. That is what is wrong. At minimum, every enactment of the nativity story should be prefaced with a disclaimer which clearly states that this is only a STORY and that nobody is suggesting that Jesus is God and that the concept of GOD IS ONLY A HYPOTHESES.
Here is the wikipedia entry.
Christmas or Christmas Day is a holiday observed generally on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. The date is not known to be the actual birthday of Jesus, and may have initially been chosen to correspond with either the day exactly nine months after some early Christians believed Jesus had been conceived, the date of the winter solstice on the ancient Roman calendar, or one of various ancient winter festivals. Christmas is central to the Christmas and holiday season, and in Christianity marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days.
Although nominally a Christian holiday, Christmas is also widely celebrated by many non-Christians, and many of its popular celebratory customs have pre-Christian or secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, music, an exchange of greeting cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various decorations; including Christmas trees, lights, garlands, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly. In addition, several similar mythological figures, known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas and Santa Claus among other names, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season.
Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.
It is very different from the myth of Santa Claus the bringer of presents which is also pushed at this time of year. The fat, jolly, red suited white bearded man is, of course, an advertising ploy of the coca cola company who introduced him in this way in their 1931 campaign to push their saccharine brown fizzy drink as a winter season beverage too. This began with the 1922 slogan “Thirst Knows No Season,” and continued, according to the coca cola website, with a campaign connecting a true icon of winter — Santa Claus — with the beverage. He was the creation of artist Haddon Sundblom and his red suited chap was inspired by an American civil war cartoonist Thomas Nast who had incorporated his Santa as a supporter of the Union! He also drew on Clement Clark Moore’s 1822 poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”. They also claim: “This helped to create the modern image of Santa — an interpretation that today lives on in the minds of people of all ages, all over the world.”
I think that your Christians came up with the baby Jesus birthday stuff as a way of making it appealing to children. Now we have all the nativity plays/scenes/carols etc. as a way pushing the stuff on to children to get them hooked. Fortunately, they later learn to ‘Say No’ just like I did.
Jesus’s Birthday. Every year, the practitioners of this cult celebrate the birthday of their main man – Jesus Christ who they claim was born on 25-12-0000. Children in schools enact this birth as a play instead of having a birthday party with food, games and little presents. This nativity play is about the baby being born but not, usually, the bit about his teenage mother going into labour and all that. We don’t know when her contractions started and there is no mention of a midwife or any women helping just men. If you ask the teachers they don’t know and can get a bit annoyed because teachers don’t like it when they don’t know the answers. There are a lot of things about religion that teachers can’t answer.
We’re told that Mary had her baby in a stable so we must assume that she had her baby lying on a bed of straw which sounds like it might be a bit itchy, not very hygienic and a bit smelly from the animals poo. We know that Joseph her husband/stepfather to the baby is very old. He probably held her hand whilst she was moaning and saying ‘Oh, my God’ which would sound a bit like swearing but isn’t when she says it because when the Jesus baby grows up he actually does go around everywhere saying he is the son of God. If he was around now, we know, he would be called a schizophrenic and giving medication or made to live in a psychiatric hospital. That’s why I think religion is so strange that people still believe this story that’s 2000 years old but wouldn’t if another guy came along now claiming that he was the son of God.
Anyway, Mary had her baby probably a 6 or 7 pounder. And she wrapped him in a swaddling cloth over his nappy. It is interesting that when this Jesus dies by crucifixion at Easter he is still wearing a nappy even though he was supposed to be 33 years old by then. Fortunately, they don’t force children to re-enact the crucifixion at Eastertime. They always use a doll for the baby Jesus but they would have real trouble getting one of the boys to wear a nappy and have nails hammered into his hands and feet.
Back at the nativity play we have Mary pregnant with a cushion and she is supposed to be riding on a donkey because they didn’t have cars or ambulances. I think it is only in really posh schools that they have a real donkey. It is because all the hotels in the town were full that she ended up having her baby in a stable. They never have a real baby only a boy doll but you wouldn’t really know if it was a boy doll or a girl doll because they have to cover his willy with a nappy. It wasn’t nice for her because they wouldn’t let any women in to see her or help her. I think that is so mean that she had all these gawping men there – shepherds and three rich blokes. These rich chaps are sometimes called the Maji, or the three wise men or three wise kings from the mysterious east. These chaps claimed that they found the place by following a star which is silly because the area under a star is miles wide. Because all the action of the play is in a stable at night there are also animals because that’s where they live at night time.
For me, this was such a clear sign that religion was made up by men as there are hardly any females in their silly stories. For equal opportunity reasons this is why schools should not be doing nativity plays because there is only one part for girls all the rest are boy parts or animal parts.
With these boys parts, the shepherds wear tea towels on their heads and have big shepherd sticks, the three wise guys wear really glittery cloaks and jewelled crowns and old Joseph often has a beard and a walking stick. They often have fantasy creatures they call angels who wear white frocks and have wings. Again the only Angels in their story are male but sometimes in the nativity play they will let the girls have a part- silent, of course.
And with animal parts in this play the donkey gets the starring role, then sheep and cows and goats. They don’t even have ponies and, for some reason- we all have our own theories, English girls are supposed to like ponies even silly pink toy ones called My little Pony that they play with and whose long mane they can plait and put ribbons and beads on.
Having just the one part for girls causes terrible problems every year. When you think of it, it is a bit sick like those American girls beauty pageants where their mothers make them dress up like girl prostitutes or Barbie dolls.
Mary remember is a pregnant teenager and there is a query over who the father of the child is. How are primary school children supposed to make sense of all this? This makes for very contradictory sex education.
Because the Christian myth of the three-in-one God which is more like the Three Billy Goats Gruff rather than the Three bears. And you all know why. There is the Daddy god called God, there is the son God called Jesus although he could have been called Junior or Sonny and you would expect there to be a mummy God that would be called Goddess but what do your crazy Christians give us – they have the poor teenage Virgin Mary fucked by a Holy Ghost. But they make her say that her very old husband, who is a good carpenter for putting up shelves and all that, is the stepfather.
When all of them are there on the stage you would think it was time to start the birthday party. But there is no birthday party. No cake with candles, no lemonade, burgers, cakes, sweets, no games of musical chairs or hide-and-seek, no singing Happy Birthday Dear Jesus, happy birthday to you and no goody bags to take home. What a rubbish birthday party. Of course, we know that lots of children get presents at Christmas time but not children of the other religions like Muslims and poor Jehovahs Witnesses because their parents won’t even let them celebrate their own birthdays let alone that of JC. That is really cruel.
Anyway that’s why I think that these nativity plays should be banned and we should have pantos instead.