Sunday, November 30, 2008

Explaining Christmas Lyrics

The girls always ask for definitions when they don't know a word. It's a habit we encourage because it keeps them thinking about the words they hear. Almost immediately after hearing the definition, they use the word correctly in their daily language.

At church, the girls are in the Christmas pageant. One of the songs the girls are singing is "Silent Night." I'm sure you know the lyrics, but here's the line that is causing me heartburn right now: "round yon virgin, Mother and child."

The girls want to know what a virgin is. At five, I don't really want to discuss the traditional meaning of virgin. As far as I know, they have no knowledge of the act that separates a virgin from a non-virgin. I'd like to keep it that way for a while. My answer was weaselly, but it was all I could come up with on short notice. I said that a virgin is a young girl. The girls accepted that answer, but not without additional discussion.

Brunette twin: We're all young girls, so we're all virgins.
Mom: No, you and Sissy are. Mommy is too old to be a virgin.
Blond twin: Okay, we're virgins and you're not.
Mom: Correct.

I realize now that I have to pay attention to Christmas song lyrics to hear for anything else I'm going to have to explain soon. I just hope they don't use the word in school tomorrow.

1 comment:

Nicki said...

LOL... that will be totally awkward if they use that word in everyday conversation! As in, "Hey Grandma, guess what? I'm a virgin but you're not!" ;)