Sing You Instruments Of Joy

Yes, this is the time of the year when we remember,those no longer with us, or those who whom we would wish to be with, but, remember this, the feeling should be a feeling all the year round. This world is a troubled enough place as it is, let us, like Ebenezer Scrooge, see that light that shines within us all, and celebrate it, befriend it, love with it, be that light. Let us then, also, remember those less fortunate than ourselves, bring them some of the the glorious light, again, not just at this time of the year, but all the year round. Let us remember those immortal lines uttered by Tiny Tim, in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol,
God Bless Us, God Bless Us Everyone
Christmas Must Be Tonight
Come down to the manger, see the little stranger
Wrapped in swaddling clothes, the prince of peace
Wheels start turning, torches start burning
And the old wise men journey from the East
How a little baby boy bring the people so much joy
Son of a carpenter, Mary carried the light

This must be Christmas, must be tonight
A shepherd on a hillside, while over my flock I bide
Oh a cold winter night a band of angels sing
In a dream I heard a voice saying "fear not, come rejoice
It's the end of the beginning, praise the new born king
How a little baby boy bring the people so much joy
Son of a carpenter, Mary carried the light
This must be Christmas, must be tonight

I saw it with my own eyes, written up in the skies
But why a simple herdsmen such as I
And then it came to pass, he was born at last
Right below the star that shines on high
How a little baby boy bring the people so much joy
Son of a carpenter, Mary carried the light
This must be Christmas, must be tonight
[J.Robbie Robertson]
© 1977 Medicine Hat Music
from the albums:
On Friday afternoon (23rd November 2007) two people were  told that their  son had contracted Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.. This is a life threatening but often curable cancer. On 24th November 2011 it will be his birthday, he will be ten.

Let our prayers and thoughts be with him and his family, his Mum, his Dad, and his two siblings

Be well, Jack


external internet links

A Christmas Carol
not Charles Dickens but Scrooge is Scrooge,
fezs are cool and
no matter what world
you're on
Christmas is Christmas.

A Christmas Truce
it was not a myth as some
would have us believe it really did happen
"It was a day of peace in war,"
commented a German participant,
"It is only a pity that it was not decisive peace."
from the BBC archives.
Simpson, Fraser, Boyes, Freya,
Coope and Boyes (in that order).
another  Christmas website from
our Myspace space, with videos
and lot of links to here, there
and everywhere
and a lovely time was had by all, now
go a see them for yourself.
it all begins with the lights being turned
on, on  8th November 2008. there's something
for everyone happening in Birmingham
this Christmas.
there's something
for everyone happening in Birmingham
this Christmas.
Details of all the events happening in the
Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Walsall and Dudley
areas will be appearing as they are confirmed
There are festive events taking place
across the Black Country
fun and games and festive frolics
at The Old Hall, Buxton
Hazelwell Church in Kings Heath,
Birmingham, aims to become the
'Greenest Church in the UK' with a
massive Christmas tree-fest.(2007)
A Christmas tree designed to remember
loved ones who have died is to be put up
in Birmingham city centre (2007) 
our wee website about this very exciting
Ashley Hutchings Christmas project,
and now recognised by Ashley Hutchings
and by Talking Elephant Records, sort of
unofficially official. Massive thanks to
Ashley and to Talking Elephant

and not an elf in sight
Merry Christmas!
Jackie Smith found herself on the streets
for Christmas 2006, but this year she and
her family are secure in a home of their own.
The financial cost of the season is a burden
though. Listen to what Jackie has to say
(we're leaving the link to this item intact,
though it happened in 2007, as a reminder to us all)

The Next Doctor
Victorian London 1851; another Doctor,
whoops! and
it's Christmas
a non-profitmaking organisation which exists to
record and promote local carol singing traditions.
Its main roles are undertaking fieldwork and research,
organising the collection of source material, and
promoting local carol singing traditions

Voyage Of The Damned
where's the reindeer?
the Titanic sails, and
Welcome To Christmas
In a quiet corner of Birmingham, Graham Gilbert 
is growing more than a million Christmas trees.
Have a look around Woods Farm.