Peace, hope and joy

Nurses from Falkirk Infirmary singing at a carol concert in the 1960s.

Nurses from Falkirk Infirmary singing at a carol concert in the 1960s.

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By the time you read this the Christmas bonanza will be over for another year and the thoughts of increased waistlines and diminished bank balances will be some weeks away.

For the moment we can enjoy the thought that we have celebrated, like our forefathers for thousands of years, an important moment in the cycle of life.

Since the early years of the Christian church this was, of course, the season of the birth of Jesus but long before the stable and star of Bethlehem, people fought against the dark days of winter with burning fires, Yule logs and copious amounts of food and strong drink while warding off evil spirits with holly, mistletoe and other plants and potions.

 

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