As we near the end of another calendar year it is timely to consider the passing of time and the great feast of Christmas.
It is an exciting time for our children and they take part in many activities in school in preparation. In school we are careful that all our activities remind the children about the true meaning of Christmas and its importance in our faith journey.
On Wednesday I spoke to the children about a host of Christmas traditions that, whilst special and important, do not have their roots in Christianity. For example, our perception of snow at Christmas is largely down to the writings of Charles Dickens. Our view of Santa Claus wearing a large red suit can be traced directly back to the artist Thomas Nast of Harper's Weekly.
It is perhaps timely to remind our children of scripture, and direct them towards the Nativity story as recorded by St Matthew and St Luke.
It is in the simple truth of the Gospels that we can place our trust and confidence at this beautiful time of year.
I wish all of you and your families a blessed and holy Christmas.