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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM CHARLIE COCHRANE
Yes, Christmas is over-commercialised (I wonder if an alien visiting the UK would think that it’s a celebration of Marks and Spencer finding no room at the furniture store and then receiving gifts of ipods, sausage rolls and Coca Cola?).
Yes, the festival itself is at risk from people who’d like to rename/rebrand it in the cause of political correctness gone mad.
Yes, there’s drunken drivers and over-consumption and Scrooges all around.
And yet, and yet…
The light still shines in the darkness and the darkness has never overcome it or understood it. So I give you a platter set not with prawn bites and pigs in blankets, but things to bring good cheer. (Erastes apologises for the formatting, but WordPress is being a pig today for some reason)
“The irreducible details about the incident of the Angel of Mons seem to be that a small force of regular soldiers representing a nation with an oral tradition of combat success due to divine participation had a narrow escape against a vastly more numerous opponent at Mons in August, 1914.”
(From Legends and traditions of the Great War
A certain sighting of an angel (home made)
Joseph (who never gets enough said about him)
“Did I miss something? Did I, God?
When you sent the angel and spoke of the son being born—this isn’t what I pictured. I envisioned Jerusalem, the temple, the priests, and the people gathered to watch. A pageant perhaps. A parade. A banquet at least. I mean, this is the Messiah!
Or, if not born in Jerusalem, how about Nazareth? Wouldn’t Nazareth have been better?”
(Joseph’s Prayer by Max Lucado
The smiles of children.
The Wise Men
“A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a long journey:
The was deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter.”
(The Journey of the Magi T S Eliot
Frank Sumpter, from Forgotten Voices of the Great War: A History of World War I in the Words of the Men and Women Who Were There, Max Arthur.
December 25th 1914
“There were no shots fired and some people enjoyed the curiosity of walking around in no man’s land. It was good to walk around. As a sign of their friendliness the Germans put up a sign saying “Gott mit uns” which means “God is with us” and so we put a sign in English saying “We got mittens, too”.
Advent Calendar Giveaway!
And finally a present from me.
Your own little story, to be delivered by Twelfth Night, featuring any two of my characters (you can mix and match them) and a prompt of your choosing. Mail me at Cochrane.firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll choose a winner.