St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 5th December 2010
‘DOING DECEMBER DIFFERENTLY’
is the title of a book by Nicola Slee, a poet and theologian who came to talk at the Kitchen Table recently.
It’s subtitled ‘an alternative Christmas handbook’, and it’s full of good things for the times when all the preparations and festivities get too much.
The same theme was part of last week’s Front Page, where Ann offered us some suggestions from her list of ‘how to hold on to the important things’
to help guide us through Advent, amidst all the rush.
One familiar worry of this time of year is just how much Christmas seems to cost.
Add in concerns about the effects of public spending cuts, and the way in which we have all turned up our heating in the bitter cold of the last week,
and money or the lack of it is looming even larger in people’s thoughts than usual as we are tempted to buy just a little more – more food, more decorations, more presents .................
So here’s a very short word game or poem from Nicola’s book to remind us again of the purpose of this time of preparation –
and how easily, surrounded by glitz and tinsel, wanting to be generous, wanting to make things special, we all fall into the spending trap.
A time to
Delve deeper into
the loVe of God –
Too much money.