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The Vicar of Dibley’s Christmas

2009 December 3
by Gordon Reid

Dawn French as the Vicar of Dibley did more for women’s ordination than all the debates in the General Synod of the C of E. But, leaving that still contested subject aside, my favourite episode was when she accepted invitations to several Christmas dinners, not wanting to hurt anyone’s feelings.

That’s what is facing me this evening, though not in such a desperate way. First I am having a “Christmas” dinner (yes I know, it’s December 3) at a Senior Citizen’s residence at the ungodly hour of 4.30pm. Then comes a cocktail party at 5.30 in the Union League to welcome a new member. Then dinner at 7 in a restaurant with friends. Then (how could a Scot refuse?) a whisky tasting at the Kimmel Center at 8.30!

I have to be honest and admit that my motives are not as pure as those of the Vicar of Dibley: I could have refused all of these except the first, without giving much offence. But the flesh is willing and no doubt the spirit will not be weak – and it will be so healthy walking between them all!

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  1. December 4, 2009

    Sounds like a fine evening, and I doubt you’ll be arriving home in a front-loader like the poor vicar of Dibley!

  2. ambly permalink
    December 4, 2009

    Ah, the life of a priest – one party after another!

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