Tuesday, 15 January 2013

We've been a bit behind updating the blog with Christmas etc. but hope to now add reports of the past couple of events plus photos.

Carol Singing

Members and friends of the Holy Family Guild gathered at our home in Washington and walked

singing carols from house to house and even stopped in at the village pub. We collected for a

local hospice, but the main aim of the event was to spread the Christmas message in the form

of carols. In so doing we were also keeping alive a tradition which goes back centuries in

Europe and then Britain and which we read about in the novels of Thomas Hardy, Kenneth

Grahame and Louisa May Alcott, among others. After the cold frosty evening kept us moving

briskly, we returned for mulled wine, mince pies and buffet food. Then the children had a visit

from St Nicholas, who told us about his life and handed out gold coins, before we prayed

together in the family chapel.

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