The Session met on 10th November. Among topics discussed were the success of the Maxwelltown West Christmas Card, of which more than 1600 had been purchased, and plans to sing carols at Lochduhar Nursing Home instead of at Tesco as in previous years.
Christmas comes but once each year but I can hardly believe that it will be here in just a few weeks. Soon it will be Advent, the time of year when we are encouraged to prepare for Christmas.
As we travel through Advent towards Christmas Day, no doubt we will follow the same old traditions – traditions that often have more to do with our secular world than our Christian tradition. How refreshing when someone comes up with an idea for celebrating an alternative Christmas. Like those who decide not to buy and send Christmas Cards but instead to print a home-made card on their computer and give the money they would have spent to a good cause. Like the couple who went one further than simply not sending Christmas cards. They went to their next door neighbour and rang their doorbell. When the neighbours opened the door they explained their visit, “We’re saving on postage by hand-delivering our Christmas cards this year, and dropping in for a bit of lunch and a cup of coffee.” Like using Christmas to celebrate the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“But wait a minute,” I hear you cry, “surely that is what Christmas is all about, celebrating the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ!” EXACTLY! Yet, for much of our society, Christmas has become a pagan festival, which brightens our dark winter’s nights, so much so, that to find those who celebrate the true meaning of Christmas is to find an alternative Christmas compared with the very secular celebrations we see all around us.
May you and yours resist the temptation of focussing only on the secular traditions, instead keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus, and may you celebrate his birth, the one who is God’s son, Saviour. May you all have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Donald Campbell, Interim Moderator