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JustJohn Report 15 Dec 2012 15:56

I hope anyone who enjoys the religious celebration in this season of advent will feel they can leave a message and share their thoughts.

Tomorrow, most churches light their third candle and the Sunday School children are very active and cutting out angels and stars and putting them behind the crib. I love to get lots of Christmas cards wit a religious theme. Not that I have any problem with giving or receiving cards without a religious theme. Just a lovely time of year for most of us.

A lot of churches tomorrow will be specifically thinking of the role of the Virgin Mary in this nativity story. She was so young - so very young. Hadn't realised till I started looking at Mary this morning that her mother Anne (or Hannah) was very old when she had Mary. Mary was a bit of a miracle herself to be born that late in Anne's life. :-) :-)


JustJohn Report 15 Dec 2012 18:14

Happy Christmas everybody. :-D :-D

My strange remembrance of Christmas is waking up with my nose bunged up. Never happened any other day of year, but Christmas Day about 5am I needed a hankie :-D


kandj Report 15 Dec 2012 18:30

Loved the Midnight Mass service, coming out of church in the early hours of Christmas morning was just magical and still is very special for me and my family.

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Carol 430181 Report 15 Dec 2012 18:32

Why do you keep harping on about religion. :-\



JustJohn Report 15 Dec 2012 19:03

kandj. Remember seeing my little daughter take part in a Christingle in Ely Cathedral many years ago. Massive Cathedral, absolutely packed with children and parents. No lights on. Just flickering candles from each child's orange. :-D


JoyBoroAngel Report 15 Dec 2012 19:09

grabs BCs tamborine

and beats out



JustJohn Report 15 Dec 2012 19:12

Joy. Yes, I agree. I hadn't realised that you and BC were playing members of the Salvation Army. But I just love what you both do at Christmas in particular. It is very much appreciated by a lot of people. :-D :-D :-D


LilyL Report 15 Dec 2012 19:25

Because, Carol, that's what the thread's is about - Religion!. I for one. love this aspect of Christmas from Carols, esp, Kings College on Christmas Eve, grandchildren's Nativity Play to Midnight Mass which is quite beautiful.. Perhaps it is all myth, all will be revealed one day, but I'm a simple soul and I think it's lovely.


Eldrick Report 15 Dec 2012 19:32

I love xmas, even though there is no such thing as god and jesus wasnt born on xmas day.

But i enjoy eating my turkey all the same.

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Carol 430181 Report 15 Dec 2012 19:35

But John you should know by now that all religious threads end up in an argument.



LilyL Report 15 Dec 2012 19:40

As this is a 'Christian' thread I can't see why it should end up in argument; Discussion, of course, but argument - why?


kandj Report 15 Dec 2012 19:43

Oh yes John, I also agree that the Christingle Carol service with little ones is wonderful too.


JustJohn Report 15 Dec 2012 19:46

No reason for any argument - yet.

Lovely post, LilyL. And a very happy time of the year to you, Eldrick :-D

Happy Christmas, Carol :-D


JustGinnie Report 15 Dec 2012 19:48

I know that people can post where they like but if religion isn't your thing why join the thread and moan about it. It could be a good thread if left for people to comment on that do believe or who just want to share memories of christmas services.


Cynthia Report 15 Dec 2012 19:50

Not unless someone starts one Carol.

Many of us can discuss these things quite reasonably.

3rd Sunday in Advent tomorrow and we're having the nativity play........won't be a dry eye in the house I guess.......except the clergy who will be hoping it all runs smoothly....... :-D

Most of my friends on here and on FB are non-believers......but we are still friends and I can endure leg pulling. However, one of them posted this on there.....


Porkie_Pie Report 15 Dec 2012 19:50

Why does your thread state "Christian Thread" in the title? are you suggesting that only Christians celebrate Christmas?

Just because they both have the word "christ" in it, doesn't mean that just Christians celebrate Christmas

Even Muslim's celebrate christmas in a small way, I have christmas cards from Muslim friends to prove it



Cynthia Report 15 Dec 2012 19:51

I know who DOES hate Christmas.

The turkey :-(


LilyL Report 15 Dec 2012 19:58

I totally agree with you JustGinnie. It would be really nice to be able to post your own feelings and memories, and perhaps questions without incurring scathing, and at times hurtful/rude comments from people who clearly can't/won't even acknowledge anyone elses point of view. Please, let those of us who do believe or respect those who do, have a peaceful conversation. Thank you John for your kind comments, and a very Happy Christmas to you and everyone else here.


JustJohn Report 15 Dec 2012 20:04

Roy. Just seemed appropriate. And anybody not that interested in the Christian side of Christmas is very welcome here.

I do think the modern Christmas is very inclusive. It brings together Eid and Divali and Hannukah and lots of old pagan images as well. So something for us all to enjoy. I might even gobble a turkey bone with Eldrick one year (yes, Cynthia, poor turkey - and poor sprouts) :-D


JustGinnie Report 15 Dec 2012 20:07

I love Christmas for all sorts of reasons, I am lucky that I have family near and we get together and that I can speak to my family that live overseas on Skype. We exchange gifts and cards with friends and neighbours many of whom are not christian. I have close family that are deeply religious and although we do not have their commitment of faith I have respect for the path they have chosen to follow.

Yes there are many people that celebrate Christmas who are not Christian but John is so that is why he put it in the title.