St Helen's Church
St Michael's Church
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Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas would soon be there.
The classic poem by Clement Clarke Moore is probably one we are all familiar with. It’s a poem which describes the idyllic Christmas of the perfect family. We can all use our imagination, the house is still, the lights on the Christmas tree are twinkling, the coal fire is warming the room and the stockings are placed ready to receive the promised gifts. The next line, however, is a bit more of a problem –
‘The children were nestled all snug in their beds,’
This line is very poignant at this time of year. We will be holding our Christingle services and thinking about the work of the Children’s Society. The work they do increases from year to year. Our young people struggle with so many things in our world today and are unfortunately not children for long.
In an ideal world the children will be ‘snug in their beds’ but we know this is often not the case with many children and young people sleeping on the streets or sleeping in their home with no heating and no bedding. Christmas for them is just another day to survive.
In our preparations for Christmas we should remember all those less fortunate than ourselves. For many Christmas Day will be just another day, the same as any other, with no table full of food, no stockings full of presents and no warm beds to be snug in.
We should take up the challenge of the Alternative Advent Calendar. Buy something each day such as food, toiletries or small toys and put it in a box to then drop in to one of the many food banks so a family or young person will receive the hope that St Nicholas brings in our poem.
Through doing this we are sending not the hope of St Nicholas but the hope that the birth of the Christ Child brings. The hope that Jesus Christ brings is for everyone, not just those who can afford Christmas. It is hope for the poor and the marginalized, for those that feel forgotten about and those who feel unloved.
Let us spread the love of Jesus with all we meet this Christmas and every day.
Christmas blessings to you all, Karen