Saturday, December 26, 2015
Above is the annual Christmas Broadcast from Her Majesty the Queen of New Zealand (etc.). This is broadcast on New Zealand television every year, but this year, and not for the first time, I saw it on YouTube. For some reason, the official British Monarchy Channel on YouTube deletes previous years’ broadcasts. I have no idea why.
This year, the Queen talks about her family’s influence on how Christmas is now celebrated. She also does a lot Christian proselytising, which, while it does nothing for me, was nevertheless interesting if only to see what she chose to highlight—not at all the sort of stuff most TV preachers would talk about.
It’s ironic that a person born in a republic, and who is a republican (lower case “r”, thank you very much), would be so fascinated by the Queen’s broadcast, especially since so many among my New Zealand family and friends aren’t. But, that’s the way it is.
And that’s the last of the Christmas traditions I’ll share for this year.