Saturday, October 16, 2010

Christmas catechism...

... or, interacting with my son.

Me: You have to be in the church nativity play. They need kids to be angels.

The Boy: An angel?! That's so girly! *whine*

Me: Whatever. St. Michael had a sword and could beat you up! Angels are tough. [I may have said "bad ass"]

The Boy: [eyes my suspiciously for a moment considering this] Really?

Me: Of course!

The Boy: Ok. I will do it but only if I can be a tough angel... like the *ANGEL OF DEATH*!!!

Me: Don't be silly. Revelations comes after the Nativity.

The Boy: You're no fun.

Sigh.

12 comments:

Elisabeth said...

Angels are definitely... what you said. Why else do they have to tell people all the time not to be scared of them?

ALL angels are tough!

Katie said...

I remember a very similar conversation with my now 18-year-old boy, when he was little. We convinced him that Gabriel was cool, too...He had EYES OF FLAME!! He carries a trumpet on which you can make tons of noise (but only when the teacher says so...) How cool is that??
Yes, angels are B.A. Look at what they're sent out to protect us from.

Whimsy said...

But Passover came BEFORE the Nativity. Have you read the Best Christmas Pageant Ever?

Hilarious! And your son might love it.

Faith said...

You have to give kids choices. Tell him he can be the ass or the angel.

Lydia McGrew said...

I have a great idea:

See, you tell him he has to be an angel, but he's allowed to bring a _snake_, and then he shows it to the girl who is playing the Virgin Mary, and she gets to _step_ on it, which is iconographic, and that will add excitement plus iconography to the Christmas pageant, and...

Oh. Okay. Guess not.

The Ringmistress said...

My 7 year-old son is going to be Michael the Archangel for Halloween. Very excited, and we've worked hard on developing devotions to Michael and to his Guardian Angel. The only problem with the costuming is we are having a hard time finding wings that aren't girly. For that matter, haloes are pretty hard to come by as well.

Blast those Victorians with their pre-Raphaelite angels saying "there, there" rather than "Fear Not!"

Lydia McGrew said...

You have to find a knight's armor costume and then find a way to fix wings on the back of it. The halo can go on top of the helmet.

Marco de Puna said...

Ringmistress: Check out the archangels at this link for costume ideas.

http://www.gryphonrampant.com/home/2010/9/29/archangels-gabriel-raphael-michael.html

Smiley said...

Oi
angel of death comes before Revelations. remember the angel killed the first born in egypt.

Lydia McGrew said...

Also, the event recounted in Revelation where Michael and the other angels kick Satan out of heaven actually _happened_ way back before Adam and Eve in the garden. It's just being _described_ in Revelation. After all, Satan had obviously been kicked out by the time he was tempting Eve.

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Rick said...

Technically, he can still be that angel even if the Apocalypse is preceded by the Nativity - in the context of eternity where time is warped in an instant.