A quaint relic

Did anyone listen to the Christmas message of an old queen from the other side of the world?

Have Queen Elizabeth’s messages ever been inspirational? Or just traditional waffle?

The Queen and whatever she says seems like a quaint relic of a long gone royal past to me. What she says is as important as what she wears – fodder for fawning journalists.

Here is her 2015 message: Queen’s Christmas message: Text in full

It seems to consist mostly of meandering musings about family and Christmas.

The main talking points seem to be her references to darkness and light.

It is true that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”.

But this followed:

One cause for thankfulness this summer was marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War.

A 70 year anniversary may give cause for reflection but it was hardly a huge cause for thinks this year.

It’s no surprise that such a human story still captures our imagination and continues to inspire all of us who are Christians, the world over.

Despite being displaced and persecuted throughout his short life, Christ’s unchanging message was not one of revenge or violence but simply that we should love one another.

Although it is not an easy message to follow, we shouldn’t be discouraged; rather, it inspires us to try harder: to be thankful for the people who bring love and happiness into our own lives, and to look for ways of spreading that love to others, whenever and wherever we can.

How inspired will anyone be by this?

There’s an old saying that “it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness”.

There are millions of people lighting candles of hope in our world today.

Christmas is a good time to be thankful for them, and for all that brings light to our lives.

Lighting candles ‘of hope’ seems like as much a quaint old relic as Queen Elizabeth. Her Christmas message was a relevant to New Zealand as this reporting in the Herald.

Elizabeth wore a white and silver tweed day dress by Angela Kelly during the speech, accessorizing it with an art deco diamond and aquamarine brooch that belonged to her late mother. The table she sat next to was decorated with a portrait of Prince William, Kate and young Prince George.

I doubt we will see a surge in sales of silver tweed dresses or aquamarine brooches as a result of these product placements.

Why did the decorations feature just one grand kid and two great grand kids?  Isn’t Christmas supposed to be a family occasion?

Maybe not for an old relic.  The rest of her family are probably used to being relegated to the background, out of sight, out of mind. Like New Zealand as far as the Betty Windsor message goes at Christmas.