Keeping 5 Year Olds Up At Night.
Who would have thought it?
The Star of Bethlehem - light of life and signpost to the sweet Saviour Jesus Christ or (in fact) sinister harbinger of doom with dark and evil overtones?
Well if you are 5 it appears that the later is the case.
My eldest is in his first year of proper school (Reception) so the preparations for the Christmas Nativity are in full swing and it's the Tale of Bethlehem a Go Go.
He was quite into it all until they got to the bit with the star.......
'Stars only follow you around if your baby, don't they?'.
'If you are a baby a star goes over you and shines, yes?'.
'Oh I see - well yes if you were the Baby Jesus then yes, apparently so'.
'So that's not going to happen to me?'.
'Erm no. You have nothing to worry about on two counts there. 1. You are no longer a baby and 2. You are not, by any stretch of the imagination, the Son of God'.
'Nevermind - but no - there will be no stars following you around'.
'Or just hovering over my bed?'.
'Are you sure?'.
'Very sure. Look even if you were Jesus you don't sleep in a stable, you aren't in Bethleham and there is nobody hanging about on a camel. It's from the olden days. The VERY olden days'.
'Like steam trains?'.
And then, the very next morning, he opened up his advent calendar and there, lo and behold, was a large, very pointy, star with a dagger like point facing downwards.
'Ahhhhhhhhhhhh - THE STAR!'.
'Jesus! I mean, yes for the Baby Jesus - ONLY'.
'But why? Why does he make a star come?'.
'It's, erm, magical'.
'Is it aliens?'.
'Well interesting point but allegedly no'.
'I think we need to shut this door of the advent calendar. And keep it closed'.
'OK. If that makes you feel better'.
'Yes. And I don't want to hear ANY more about it'.
And here endeth the lesson.
Could be interesting.