Even in a struggling economy, parents are willing to spend a ridiculous amount of money to make their child the greatest looking Jesus, Joseph and Mary to hit the school or church stage.
“Virgin Marys are appearing in luxury pashmina shawls and velvet dresses, while shepherds are opting for striped velour dressing gowns.”
“Parents whose children are playing minor roles, such as the donkey or sheep, are sometimes prepared to spend double the amount of those buying to dress Mary and Joseph, added Ed Watson, spokesman for the department store Debenhams”
“ ‘They feel they have to compensate for their child’s minor role by putting on a much greater display of Manger Chic to win attention,’ he explained, before blaming the demand for places at good schools.”
So far this trend hasn’t hit our church. Our preschool has some basic costumes that the 4-year-old use each year for their Nativity so the parents aren’t involved in the costuming. And our Vacation Bible School pulls shepherd and ancient Roman robes from a big plastic container so no pretention there either.
What about your church or school: Do the parents compete for the greatest looking costumes ever? Do they put expensive clothing on Jesus, Joseph or Mary? Are the animals chic as well? How do you feel about this trend? How can schools and churches curtail the competitiveness?
(I have two blogs today. Don’t miss my earlier topic on man cleavage being in!)