An XBOX 360 finally arrived this morning, and mighty fine it looks/sounds too. Of course I had to test it! GadgetVicar Boy will be pleased.
Also this morning, the GadgetVicar Family went to see The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It's a fairly faithful rendition of the book, though somehow 'actioned-up', to keep flagging minds from wandering, I suspect. There is no real character development and there are incident(s) that not in the book, for example the waterfall scene. However, we loved it, and Tilda Swinton as the White Witch stole the show. I confess to finding it very moving (alright, I cried), particularly when Aslan died. Strangely bloodless, for such a violent tale, but no doubt this was done in order to keep the PG rating.
However, would anyone not schooled in Christian imagery, get the underlying message?
We then went for lunch at Pizza Hut, as a birthday treat from the family, which they all enjoyed thoroughly.
Tonight I'm off to a gig, to see Embrace at the SECC. Two concerts in two weeks - I haven't done that for ages!
Tomorrow, I'm preaching at the morning communion service and in the evening at our Carols by Candlelight service. It's a busy week coming up, though these will be the last sermons I preach in 2005, as I am on holiday for the Christmas weekend for the first and probably last time. Christmas last year went like this- Friday was Christmas Eve, Saturday was Christmas Day, and Boxing Day was Sunday. This is the minister's hardest combination. This year it's quite different- Christmas Eve is Saturday night and Christmas Day is Sunday. The easiest combination. In the USA, a number of the mega-churches are not meeting on Christmas Day, and are taking flak for it. They argue that attendance is low, and their staff need a break, just as many of their people take one at Christmas.
This year, the GadgetVicar kids will be able to talk about 'the year that dad took Christmas off to be with us'. So instead of me doing church at the midnight service and Christmas day all-age communion, followed by my traditional cooking of lunch for the myriad of people in the rectory, we'll be just the five of us at a little service somewhere on Christmas Eve, with me not having to do too much. We'll sleep in a little cabin on the shore of Loch Eck. We really hope it snows!