Celebrate a time of great traditions

There was one of those infographics on Facebook a while back. It said, “Winter Solstice: get naked, drink mead and party like a Pagan, because a Christmas spent queuing at Argos is just rubbish.” Well it used a different word than “rubbish”, but you get the idea. Since when did Christmas become a marketing tool for the corporations? All those bland adverts selling us ready made luxuries for the Christmas table. It’s depressing, it truly is. When I was growing up my Nan made the Christmas pud. She put a silver sixpence into the bowl and we took it in … Continue reading Celebrate a time of great traditions

Christmas Eve: we must stop wars for the sake of our children

Christmas Eve. It’s like a pause – isn’t it? – between the preparations that went before and the festivities that are to follow. The presents are bought and wrapped, the turkey is in the fridge, the drink is in the cupboard. The carpets are clean. We have everything we need. Everyone is waiting. It’s like the whole world is holding its breath. Me, I’m excited and nervous at the same time. I’m spending Christmas with my new grandchild, meeting the in-laws. I’m sure we’ll get on. The baby will be the centre of attention and the subject of most of … Continue reading Christmas Eve: we must stop wars for the sake of our children

Fellow Creatures at Christmas: a Ranter’s Yuletide Fable

Behold, behold, he is now risen with a witness, to save Zion with vengeance, or to confound and plague all things into himself; who by his mighty angel is proclaiming (with a loud voice) that sin and transgression is finished and ended, and everlasting righteousness be brought in with most terrible earth-quakes and heaven-quakes, and with signs and wonders following. A Fiery Flying Roll: A Word from the Lord to all the Great Ones of the Earth. Abeizer Coppe, London 1650. The World Turned Upside Down I’ve been looking for a word. It is something like “sacred”. It is the … Continue reading Fellow Creatures at Christmas: a Ranter’s Yuletide Fable