Most of the people who drag themselves away from the television set this Christmas to attend the service of nine lessons and carols at their local church will be, to put it bluntly, ripped off by the organisers. In stead of carols they will be made to sing hymns with Christmassy lyrics. In fact, you will rarely hear carols sung in a church. To hear carols you have to search them out in pubs and in places where people gather to sing songs from the folk tradition. The words to some of the carols sung in such places will be the same as some of the hymns the once a year punters are soullessly crawling their way through in church but many of the tunes will be different and those that are the same will be sung with a swing and with a hefty amount of good cheer that would not be approved of in most religious establishments. To put it simply, carols are the Christmas songs of the people. They do not belong to "them," they belong to us and it is about time we took them back.
At Saint Laika's we do Christmas properly. Our service of lessons and carols is guaranteed to be one hundred percent hymn free and a lot more enjoyable because of that. Listen to it at one sitting or dip in and out of it over Christmas week when you get a spare moment. Listen to it reverently whilst contemplating the wonder of the incarnation or have it on in the background whilst you are preparing the roast potatoes. It's up to you. This is a holiday, for God's sake, the last thing you need are more more instructions from holier than thou people telling you how to live your life.
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