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Christmas Must Be More

Christmas must be more they say,
Than December the 1st ’till Boxing Day.
It’s not just a time for busy lives to pause,
It’s not about chocolate behind cardboard doors.
It’s not about cards, or films or TV,
Not about mince pies, or wine or turkey.
Or waiting for snow when we only get sleet,
Or lights which appear to line every street.
It’s about a star shining high in the sky,
And a baby boy who was born to die.
The love of a father who gave his son,
So think of that while having your fun.
‘That’s it, it must be, it’s Jesus!’ I said,
But people just sigh and shake their head.
They don’t believe, and I guess that’s OK,
But what does that mean for Christmas Day?
For if not about Jesus, if you are not sure,
Then Christmas must still be something more,
Than presents and boxes piled under the tree,
And wondering what people are giving to me.
So maybe it’s peace, this mystery key,
And love and goodwill for the whole world to see.
But if this is so, then please won’t you tell,
Why it only applies to one month out of twelve.
We should love all year round, have peace in our hearts,
Not wait until Advent before it can start.
So this Christmas I hope you have plenty of cheer,
But I more wish you peace, way past the New Year.

Yeah, that’s right, I tried writing poetry. I know this isn’t a proper poem (I would never dare show this to my boyfriend who is a rather cynical writer/poet), but I hope you enjoyed it none the less. This was inspired by the song Christmas Must Be Something More by Taylor swift.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a peaceful life.

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‘Thank God it’s them’

Before I get started on this week’s post, I should apologise. I intended to write a Christmas based post on each Sunday of Advent, however last weekend was very busy as it was my Confirmation on the Sunday. I hoped I’d be able to post at some other time during the week, but I’ve had many concerts and rehearsals so we’re just going to have to leave last week and move on.

You may or may not have heard of a song called Do They Know It’s Christmas, by Band Aid (I’m not sure how well known it is in other countries so I’ll link to the different versions). This is a song which has been released four times, in 1984, 1989 and 2004 to raise money for famine relief aid in Africa, and in 2014 which was for fighting Ebola. There are many divided opinions about Band Aid as a whole, but that’s not really what this blog post is about.

I wanted to talk about one very controversial line from it, which was actually changed in this year’s version, and that is ‘Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you’. I’ve heard many people complaining about that line, saying how horrible it is to ‘thank God’ that someone else is suffering. And I can definitely see where these people are coming from.But I actually interpret the line in a different way. It’s not saying you should be thankful that they are suffering, it’s saying that we are lucky, and it’s OK and right to be thankful for everything that you have.It’s saying that while it’s important to think of other people suffering, and we should do something to help them, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t enjoy our Christmas. And I think it is important, especially at this time of year, to think about how much we have, and one way in which people do this is by comparing it to other people. And yes, we almost definitely should cut back on some of the extravagances of Christmas, and do more to help other people, but we still should have to feel bad for enjoying ourselves, we should just appreciate what we have.

So I think a much worse line in the song is ‘The greatest gift they (the people in Africa) will get this year is life’. If they said the only gift, then fair enough. But the greatest gift any person ever gets is life. Again, I know there are two ways of looking at this, some people would say the line is just highlighting the fact that for a lot of people that is all they have. But no flashy presents can be better than the fact that we are alive, on this beautiful planet, and again, I think people need to appreciate more what a truly marvelous gift that is.

I hope you’re all enjoying the run up to Christmas, I shall probably do one more post on Christmas eve, but until then have fun 🙂


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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

The insane busy-ness is with me once again, so this’ll just be a quick one.

I wrote a blog post last Sunday about the start of Advent, which I was very excited about, although even I have to admit that at first there wasn’t much Christmas around (except for shop displays). But this week Christmas has well and truly begun, and here are some signs of it which I’ve spotted:

  • Christmas music: I put the Christmas onto my iPod towards the end of last week, but spent most of this week listening to it, and my maths test on Thursday was made much more enjoyable by the fact that I had God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen in my head through most of it. Even the bus station has swapped it’s normal terrible ‘music’ for terrible Christmas ‘music’.
  • Candles and calendars: I think most people have chocolate advent calendars these days. I always have a Divine one; a Fairtrade milk chocolate heart everyday with the Christmas story behind the windows. I’ve been having it in the evenings when I get home from college, because it would get on the way of teeth brushing in the mornings. What not many people I know have are advent candles, this is essentially a tallish thinish candle with the numbers 1-24 down the side, and you burn a number every day in the run up to Christmas. i always love having the advent candle out at tea.
  • Food: On Monday a boy in my German class (the same one who made me a pancake) brought me in a mince pie from the enormous batch he’d made the day before. Now this was the first mince pie I’d ever had (cue shocked gasps) and it was quite nice, gorgeous Viennese pastry, and though I think I’d still always prefer chocolate cake, it was a lovely Christmassy gesture. Also this afternoon my parents had been out and when they got home we sat by the fire eating crumpets which was very cosy.
  • Clothes: Christmas jumpers everywhere you look, I’ve had my Christmas socks out, even starting to see Santa hats around, can only be a good thing.
  • Decorations: Most of the towns have Christmas lights up, although my village wait until a bit closer to Christmas, and some houses which my bus passes also have trees, lights and wreaths up.
  • Presents: I bought and wrapped my first few Christmas presents this week. Still got a lot to get, and not sure what to get for everyone (actually, think it’s just my boyfriend I’m still stuck on, what do you give guys?!) but it’s always fun picking things out, and I love wrapping.
  • Concerts: This week, as well as the five pantomime performances I was in, I had my first Christmas concert of the year. This one wasn’t particularly Christmas music, but I wrapped fairy lights round my ‘cello, wore bauble earrings, and had a great time. Can’t wait for the carol services later in the month.
  • Weather: It snowed today! Admittedly only a bit, within the space of less than an hour it hailed, snowed and rained a bit, but when it was snowing and everything was getting a dusting of white it looked so beautiful and put me in a really good mood.