Christmas Day: The day when 'Jesus moved into the neighbourhood'

A stripped down Christmas is an opportunity to focus on the fact that it is the day when “Jesus moved into the neighbourhood”, the Moderator of the General Assembly has said.

Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair said COVID-19 restrictions mean that Christmas Day looks very different this year but its true meaning is the same today, tomorrow and always.

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“With very best wishes that something of that joy and peace would be known to you this Christmas.” Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair

“This year will doubtless be remembered as the ‘COVID Christmas’ but it will not be a cancelled Christmas,” he added.

“Perhaps we’ll look back on it with a degree of sadness that we weren’t quite able to observe our traditions in the way we usually do.

“But I wonder if at the same time, we’ll look back and realise that the stripping away of much of the ‘trimmings’ allowed us to appreciate a little more of the ‘turkey’?

Dr Fair said Christmas practices have become “gargantuan”.

“The dressing of the tree, the planning of the Christmas Day menu, the exchanging of presents and rejoicing that Jesus came and that ‘God is with us’,” he added.

“With less of those other activities, the trimmings, might it be that I’ll be a little more open to the main course, that Jesus moved into our neighbourhood?

“With very best wishes that something of that joy and peace would be known to you this Christmas.”