Over the last three years, St Michael’s Festival of Christmas Trees has come to mark the start of the Christmas season for many in Linlithgow. With the church turned into a veritable forest of seasonal lights and decorations, and hot chocolate as an additional draw, over 1,000 visitors crowded in to enjoy the annual spectacle.
But this year, when more than ever everyone needs some light in the darkness and some hope in their hearts, the church has been closed in compliance with Scottish Government Covid-19 requirements.
However, that hasn’t stopped Margaret Johnston and her colleagues on the church’s Fellowship Team from getting to work (subject to social distancing, of course) in Cross House to bring the Christmas story to life in a new way.
Thanks to their efforts, the windows at the front of Cross House – facing out onto Linlithgow Cross – have been decorated with back-lit nativity scenes, while a Christmas tree shines out from the bay window of the Adam Room, overlooking The Vennel car park.
Both will remain in place for the whole of December. Everyone is invited to stop for a look and to enjoy a little light in the December darkness.