All Saints' Parish Church                         
Eglantine Road, Lisburn.       


For me, there were two events that made Christmas very magical. The first was the Christmas preparations in school, and the second was the fact that my parents went out of their way to make their only child feel very special. Christmas in our house was generally very quiet. Growing up, there was just my parents, my grandmother and her brother—Uncle George, who was a bachelor. Uncle George always came for Christmas dinner and told us each year that he didn’t want much to eat—a wee bit of fowl and some brown sauce! For someone in his eighties he still had that wonderful sense of the magic of Christmas. As I have been going around Lisburn, I have felt that the sense of awe and wonder has disappeared. Christmas is now about commercialism and the most important person in our celebrations is forgotten.

As part of my Christmas preparations I was looking at the words of the wonderful carol ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’. There was one particular line which really brought the meaning of Christmas back to me. It reads; ‘but his mother only in her maiden bliss worshipped the beloved with a kiss’. That particular line says it all , and really centres on the one who should be at the heart of our Christmas—Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.


Rev Jason