Santa’s all good and well, but don’t forget that Christmas begins with Christ
- Credit: Kellie Colby Photography
With the celebration of Christmas not far off now, I would just like to highlight to my fellow Elyians that the word Christmas begins with Christ.
As I wandered round town this week I saw so much of Santa, his reindeers and festive jingles playing in may of the shops.
It was my visit to Tindall’s which highlighted to me what is gradually happening.
I had gone in to purchase some Christmas crafts to make cards - I asked if there was anything with the baby Jesus on.
Politely, I was told: “Sorry we do not have anything Christian here - just the usual Christmas items. Try the Cathedral shop.”
You may also want to watch:
This greatly saddens me - what is happening? Do we not remember that without Jesus there would be no Christmas!
It is easy to become downcast that the true meaning of Christmas is being pushed aside or even forgotten about by so many.
- 1 Have a BREW-TIFUL day says the pub with a giant tea cup outside
- 2 Man dies after lorry crashes into trees
- 3 'Father' found guilty of murdering his teenage daughter
- 4 Drink driver fleeing traffic cops overturns before being arrested
- 5 Cash stolen and till broken in fourth break-in at Co-op store in four months
- 6 Caught on camera: milk thieves strike in the city
- 7 144 runners and 29 volunteers: First parkrun back is a huge success
- 8 Kevin’s powerful testimony challenges us to #DoTheRightThing
- 9 Worst road in Fenland? You'd better believe it
- 10 Paedophile caught by cops after preying on 'teenage girls' online
There is a lot happening in Ely’s churches this Christmas time, starting with the Ely lights switch-on - ‘A living Nativity out on the streets of Ely’.
Throughout December there will be rousing carols, carols by candle light, shoppers carols, Christingles, children’s fun craft sessions, nativities for the young and old, reflective meditative times, Christmas meals being shared for those who would otherwise spend Christmas alone and so much more.
Santa’s all well and good - don’t get me wrong! But let’s remember who the celebration is really about.
If we think back to that very first Christmas - a heavily pregnant Mary and Joseph were told over and over again - no room at the Inn.
My hope for 2013 is that more of us will make room for Jesus this Christmas time, remembering ‘He is the Reason for the Season’.
St John’s Road