…a little bit of magic?

November sees the start of the busy Christmas hustle and bustle – shopping centres packed full of people looking for that perfect gift, toys in abundance, mince pies and festive hot beverages on offer, booking delivery slots for your Christmas food, school nativity rehearsals, writing a check list to make sure you don’t forget anything or anyone…the old familiar Christmas songs played on the radio and in stores…not forgetting the Christmas jumper!

…does this all bring a smile to your face or does it start to fill you with a little bit of dread thinking of the amount of tasks to complete before the big day? If you could actually choose which parts of the winter season and Christmas festivities you experienced – what would you miss out?…and what does that leave you with?

Before we dismiss any traditions, tasks (or duties) try looking for the Christmas cheer in each experience; the parts you see people gathering together, the laughter, the sharing, true goodwill and love…there is a bit of magic to be found if we look for it…and the perfect gift is the same answer: Love. It’s the foundation of Christmas. The nativity is not just a story we tell as a tradition, it’s a reminder of God’s greatest gift to the world; His only Son, to find the lost and give eternal life to all those who believe in Him.

Some families, neighbours, friends and relatives at home and abroad will be facing a very different Christmas this year – where the excitement and comforts the usual hustle and bustle brings will simply not reach them. There are several gift schemes set up within our circuit – shoe boxes and food banks, but perhaps we can also each take a leaf out of Santa’s book and add a little bit of magic for someone in need…

It’s real love

It’s easy to get caught up in the magic of Christmas, with all the stores beautifully adorned and decorated, and adverts portraying the idyllic Christmas. One advert in particular has taken precedence in people’s hearts with the message:

 “…Seems like all they really were doing, was waiting for love…

…It’s real love. It’s real.” lyrics sung by Tom Odell (written by John Lennon)

What a great way to sum up Christmas! – and exactly what the world was waiting for in the prophesied birth of Jesus – real love. It goes beyond the baubles and the wrapping paper straight to the heart of the season. It’s a special time of year; powerful enough to lay guns and fighting aside, as we were reminded during our 1914 Remembered evening in November with the rendition of “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht…Silent Night, Holy Night”.

(It was a fantastic evening raising over £160 for Help for Heroes – many thanks to everyone involved in the evening behind the scenes, participating and attending).

Christmas is time for everyone, it’s patience, kindness, humility; it believes,  it hopes and endures: It’s real love. It’s real!

You’re warmly invited to celebrate Christmas with us – bring along family and friends and discover the reason for the season…