Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

This morning saw the dress rehearsal for the Christmas pageant to be held tomorrow afternoon at RFEC.

We have only one participant this year, owing to various other commitments: The youngest gel will be taking on the role of Zechariah, father of John the Baptist.  As I sat watching the run through today, it occurred to me that this was a spectacular piece of miscasting, given how we are taught that Zechariah was struck mute for doubting the archangel Gabriel when he came to give Zechariah the news about Elizabeth’s pregnancy.  Whether the gel will be able to hold her peace after firing off her single line, I really can’t say, but I don’t think I’d bet a lot of money on it.

In addition, in order to “get into costume” the gel has got it in her head to simulate a beard with a washable brown marker.  It is only the fact that I will be at her eldest sister’s basketball game at the same time and, therefore, will miss the display, that keeps me from cringing in anticipation.