This weekend saw DD3 participating in a regional Christmas carol service.
It was very interesting to see that the normally very stark and bare non-conformist chapel in which it was held is now decorated with some very lovely wall-hangings in what can best be described as an iconographical style, but heavily watered -down.
The ubiquitous overhead projector was much in use to display the words of the Carols.
The carols, however, had been heavily - and I apologise for the strong word but I cannot think of another- bastardised. The words that the overwhelming majority of the adults and a significant proprtion of the youngsters were singing by memory were not the words on the OHP display, which contained many grammatical errors as well as attempts to be politically correct.
One notable horror had two verbs in one short sentence, both relating to the same subject, yet one was in the past tense and one in the present, and it made absolutely no sense whatsoever.
Why don't they just leave the Carols alone, and sing them in their beautiful original versions? By all means teach the children exactly what they mean in words they can understand during the rehearsals, but I see no need to dumb them down for singing them too. Many of the children looked baffled, and no wonder; I wouldn't want to sing things which made no sense, either !