Monthly Archives: December 2017

Christmas in a Nutshell

One of the most magical experiences of the Christmas Festivities is going to see a production of The Nutcracker. I took my girls for the fist time this year and we waited with bated breath for the dance of the … Continue reading

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Christmas Already?

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the day we light the fourth candle on the Advent Wreath, the candle for Love, the candle for Mary and all mothers; but today is also Christmas Eve, and I feel cheated of … Continue reading

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Soul Food: Sugar Plum Fairy Cookies

It’s time to prepare the Christmas Boxes as thank yous for all those who help to make life a little more joyful, beginning with my daughter’s dance teacher. Earlier this year we had a family outing to the ballet to … Continue reading

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Carols by Candlelight

I remember Carols by Candlelight at the church I grew up in. The church, similar in size to St Leonard’s in Grateley, would be decked out in greenery and candles at every possible ledge or shelf, and special wooden poles … Continue reading

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Read Mark and Inwardly Digest: Christmas Lights

This week’s Gospel reading doesn’t come from Mark, it comes from John, but is an echo of last week’s passage. Both readings focus in on John the Baptist, but with different results. If we follow the themes of the Advent … Continue reading

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Read Mark and Inwardly Digest: Are you Ready for Christmas?

I asked this question this morning at a gathering, ‘Are you ready for Christmas?’ There were sincere shaking of heads, and I could feel the palpable weight of ‘things to be done’ before the festivities could begin. Even good, faithful … Continue reading

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Soul Food: Honey and Locusts

John the baptist appears twice during advent. This week he features among the prophets and next week he has his own show. John was known for many things, most obviously that he baptised people in preparation of meeting with God, … Continue reading

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