Vicar's Bit December 2018

“CELEBRATE” Curate’s bit by Revd Steve Godsell


“I wish it could be Christmas every day” was the title of the 1973 hit song and Christmas number one for Wizard, a familiar tune that we all hear on radio, in supermarkets and shopping centres every year. I was reflecting on this song when I heard of a Wiltshire man who literally celebrates Christmas every day of the year, every year, year in, year out.


Christmas is a great time to celebrate with family and friends, enjoying those once a year luxuries and a few days for relaxing. But what if we could celebrate Christmas every day? Imagine the joy of not working, of giving and receiving presents, of eating all that lovely food and seeing those in our lives that through the rest of the year we don’t see so much; but would the novelty wear off? How many crackers could you pull before you’ve heard all the jokes? How much Christmas pudding could one eat before needing to put a new, larger belt on the present list? And when would you realise that the reason it’s great to meet up with some family & friends at Christmas is because you only meet up with them at Christmas?


Perpetual parties of a continual Christmas neglects the suspense, anticipation & excitement of preparation; the countdown to the big day, the waiting. Advent is the season leading up to Christmas and means ‘coming’, when we remember with excitement, as God became ‘flesh & blood, and moved into the neighbourhood’. This Advent we want to explore this expectant waiting with hope, joy, love, and peace. To mark the beginning of this season we would like to invite you to a weekend of events:






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