We opened the first door on Sunday, talked about St. Andrew the Apostle and the bible verse referenced on the inside of the door. Lovely. Yesterday, the kids were so excited. We gathered around the cathedral decorated structure and after several tries, opened the door marked December 1st to reveal... Rosa Parks. Huh? Well, um...OK. The Biblical passage referenced Isaiah 1:17 (Learn to do well; seek justice, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.) and the caption mentioned that in 1955, Rosa Parks kept her bus seat in Alabama. It provided us with an interesting discussion about how biblical passages apply to modern day situations; that the Word of God is for all of us, not just one group of people or one particular moment in time. But I have to admit, it was strange.
Maybe we were just caught off guard. So, in an attempt to be better prepared, I looked ahead. Boy, am I glad I did!!! Although there were only two more "modern day examples" I was glad that I discovered the little surprise that was waiting on Christmas Eve. I'd take a picture of it to show you, but this is a G rated blog and I'd like to keep it that way. The picture represents Adam and Eve in the Garden of Paradise standing next to a tree with an apple yet to be plucked and the serpent hanging out below. But that's not all that's hangin' out!!!
The figures of Adam and Eve are completely naked and drawn with enough detail that NASA might have considered using them in the Pioneer program. Completely inappropriate if you ask me and my kids would have been horrified to see that kind of immodesty on their Advent calendar. We have always taught them that in the Garden, before the fall, Adam and Eve had no need for clothes because they were clothed in God's grace. Hence the realization of their nakedness after the Fall and the quick stitching of fig leaves. Some stickers are correcting the problem right now but I might actually print a more appropriate picture on vellum and replace the offending one. What bothers me even more is that on the smaller version of this calendar, they are covered. Everything is a choice!
Now regarding the other secular references... there are only three that I can see. I looked on the inside instead of opening all the doors, but I think I caught them all; Rosa Parks, 4 women murdered in El Salvador and the Massacre at Wounded Knee. While I know that I could explain these to my children in a way that would make sense to them without getting into the nitty gritty, I still don't think they have any business being on my Advent calendar. If St. Andrew, St. Nicholas and St. Lucy fill the other windows, then why not St. Edmund Campion and St. Bibiana?
Anyway, sorry for the rant but I felt like I should warn you since I linked to them yesterday so that you don't get the same surprise I did.