Virginia Barton

18 December 2015: Mickey stars again!

18 December 2015: Mickey stars again!



18 December 2015


Chances are, you will come across a Nativity this December. I stood aside for a crocodile of diminutive shepherds, a HOST of angels, three kings, Mary and Joseph, of course, and a quantity of woolly animals including a giraffe – and, surprisingly, Mickey Mouse. The troupe wore an assortment of kitchen drawer costumes, principally dusters and tea towels.



Aluminium foil was fashioned into a multitude of stars for the angels.  Gabriel’s star was fastened to a stick which he held aloft most of the time; but varied this tiring pose with a good poke at a shepherd of his acquaintance. Mary’s baby Jesus, almost as big as herself, was a large plastic dolly clad in a pink Babygro swaddled in crepe bandage.

Holding hands, quiet as mice and wide-eyed, this rainbow of Fives-and-Unders assembled in the Laurels Care Home to the bemused delight of Residents and Staff. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when they piped up with Away in a Manger.


What happens between then and now? How many of those Innocents will take the memory of the Christmas crocodile into a church twenty years on? Will they remember then that Christmas means more than a Celebrity Special on TV, the Office Karaoke, or Two Turkeys for the Price of One at the supermarket?

(Surely the angel who carried the Star on the stick won’t forget?)





  • Jack L says on: December 18, 2015 at 2:43 pm


    Merry Christmas, Virginia!

    I’m amazed that STAR WARS did not make an appearance in your Nativity, given the veritable tsunami of publicity and stuff that has accompanied the release of the new film…

    • Ginny says on: December 19, 2015 at 3:15 pm


      I’ve never seen Star Wars, Jack, a sorry admission specially at this time! Ought I to? But I know you have to say “may the force be with you” – what is this force?

      Actually, I’m more concerned with “our” astronaut just now…

      And, of course, Christmas, which seems to take longer to prepare for with every year that passes! BH and I intend to hunker down in 2016. Till Easter… Ginny

  • Coal-Filled Wellies says on: December 18, 2015 at 10:24 pm


    Little donkey sung by little ‘uns always gets me brimming for some reason.

    Season’s best to you Ginny!

    • Ginny says on: December 19, 2015 at 3:17 pm


      It’s IN THE BLEAK MID WINTER that gets me, Wellies. Gin

  • Nadine says on: September 8, 2017 at 9:23 am


    Every year around this time I suggest to myself that I will not enter the ridiculous, hectic, annoying race that sweeps one along in December and the stupidity about Christmas presents. I don’t often manage to live up to my hopes.

    Please tell us more about the special nun on the Isle of Wight.

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