AFTER reading an article entitled “12 things you never knew about Christmas”, I might be tempted to refrain from eating Christmas pudding and mince pies on Christmas Day.
Number 7 on the list stated that it is technically illegal to eat those items in England on Christmas Day because Oliver Cromwell banned them and anything else to do with gluttony. It would seem that this law has never been rescinded.
For seventy odd years I have enjoyed my ‘pud’ and mince pies and this year will certainly be the same, Cromwell or no Cromwell.
Christmas this year will be very different for most of us because of restrictions.
As I think back to the first ‘Christmas’, things were different for a young couple who found themselves having to go to Bethlehem for census and tax reasons.
Mary who was heavily pregnant and Joseph, her husband, were in a strange place with nowhere to stay and having to bed down in a stable, not the ideal place to have your baby amongst the animals.
On a hillside not far away, were Shepherds who heard a different sound instead of the usual noises of their sheep; it was Angels singing ‘Good news’ of a Saviour born in the Town.
The shepherds did something very different which was out of character, they left their sheep and hurried into Town to worship this Saviour.
We can do something different by re-reading the Christmas Story in the Bible.
Something to Think About is supplied by Churches Together in Evesham and District