Hi Folks, let me introduce myself, I'm the Reverend Cedric Parsons, (retired) and wheeled in on occasions they have need of me, its what happens at this time of year to old Fogies with a functioning brain, (even if the legs don't work so good, and we get jobs like this, as you can see I am in disguise!! Guess who? And I have been asked to write a blog, or a few words. Well here goes. (This is my first)

"Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat"! and so am I, or will be by the time the Christmas celebrations are over, mince pies! And the 12 days of turkey!, and the only slimmer thing around here is my bank balance!, all those cards sent at exorbitant cost, I send a card and you send one Back! And all those presents!, of which many will find their way on to Kijijior the likes after the New year. Christmas Humbug! You say, and for those who want to take the Christ out of Christmas, well you can have a Happy Holiday! And light up the cold and dark nights with bright lights and Santa Claus, go and have family parties and hangovers! Can you hear that word again. Bah Humbug!

Old scrooge discovered the real meaning of Christmas and the real Christmas Spirit, and I watch it every year, to remind me to beware of not becoming like his Mate Jacob Marley, which it seems to me this is the way of the secular and materialistic world today. So which one is like you? And will you be this Christmas, Marley or Scrooge? before the visits of the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. For Me it's the reformed, renewed, person of Scrooge, and remembering to invite Jesus Christ to my celebrations, after all isn't that the real reason for the season to be jolly? And what's the point of a celebration without the guest of honour? Happy Christmas to you all.

Cedric