Congratulations, you’re going to Bethlehem!

It's almost time for your stay in The Manger.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


A rustic self-contained dwelling separate from the main house, The Manger is a studio-plan holiday accommodation, with original furnishings and fixtures, local artisan fabrics, exposed brick walls, windows that open, always, a well half a mile away, rustic stone floors and no furniture. There is straw to sleep on in the main room. There is parking for your donkey in the main room.  There are toilet facilities in the main room.

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14 thoughts on “Congratulations, you’re going to Bethlehem!

  1. Jack Robertson

    Have a safe and happy break. Your writing makes Australia a bigger and better place. Chrs.

    1. graybul

      Good to know you’ve made it through another year Jack. Hoping 2018 will provoke a trademark mix of epistle/epithet to curl remaining single hair left on my bald head. By the way . . . didn’t you say Grundle never reads what we plebs offer up?

      1. Jack Robertson

        Your man did hisself, Graybs. He is smart like that, tho I think bends the rules occasionally, in a Josh Homme kind of way…

        Have a splendid holiday season G.

  2. paddy

    You’ve obviously been out drinking with Ben Pobjie again Guy.
    Have a good one.

  3. Andrew

    Appreciate the effort to be vaguely amusing. Fail for content though. Silly, historically dubious and far less compelling than the original. Happy Holidays.

  4. zut alors

    With that outstanding CV Mary was quite the catch for a humble chippie. The one night stand with the Creator of the Universe certainly changed her career path.

    Apart from S J Perelman no author, with the exception of Rundle, can deliver me a belly laugh.

  5. AR

    Fing I don’t unnerstan was why they didn’t use the gold for decent accommodation and sell the frankenfurter for myrh money to live on.
    And no room in this mangled manger for Astarte? Solstice, life made glorious Summer again with this son of Yorick?
    Alas, I didn’t know him, Nelso.

  6. Michael Howard

    I hope Guy was not paid for this article!

  7. Nudiefish

    Guy, somehow makes, Christianity appear to be a nonsense?

  8. campidg

    I guess you had already lobed enough grenades but you missed that there is no reference to the number of the wise men an any of the gospels, just the number of prezzies.
    Thanks for helping us digest 2017.
    Happy hols to you and to all the regulars.

  9. Keith1

    This gets it about right, except for the fact that the manger is the feeding thing Jesus is plonked in, not the stable. No RE prize for you this year GR.

  10. Peter Hannigan

    Fun, but the origin stories and history of Christianity are so bizarre as to be almost impossible to satirise. The modern application of the cult of Jesus is certainly very open to satire though.

    So what do we know about origins?
    – there was a person called Jesus who seems to have had quite an impact in Roman Judaea, Galilee and Samaria
    – his followers started what might best be described as a reformist sect of Judaism
    – this cult of Jesus got opened up widely to non-Jews with a particular push from Paul of Tarsus (who never met Jesus and is called by some the Apostle of the Gentiles) – an opening which was not well accepted by some strands of Jesus followers linked to particular apostles
    – the many strands expanded away as a semi-subversive new religion in the Roman Empire without a particularly coherent structured set of beliefs
    – ‘Christian’ was originally a pagan term of abuse and it took some time to be accepted by believers as an appropriate description
    – This all got made over into Christianity when the documentation was edited by the Council of Nicaea in 325AD at the request of the Emperor Constantine. This helped make it suitable to become the established religion of the Roman Empire – the universal Roman church – which later became known as the Roman Catholic Church
    – It even developed its own expression of the core of the belief – the Nicene Creed – which these days we would recognise as a statement of the party line.
    – numerous doctrinal disputes and convoluted compromises resulted, with many heresies from those who did not go along with the official line, right up to the present day.
    – After all of this it is not exactly clear what Jesus said beyond a few key elements. There is some danger that if he did have a second coming he might decide that Sunni Islam was closer to his experience of religion than any alternatives. Or maybe he would be a Baha’i.

    Anyway – merry Christmas (a term from the 4th century) and a happy new year.

    1. zut alors

      Enjoyed your informative post. Will copy & send to a couple wobbly Catholics of my acquaintance.

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