“Christmas is supposed to be a precious time of year spent with loved ones – dragging Christmas trees out of garden stores, Michael Buble on repeat and pretending you don’t know who your secret Santa is.” That’s Dai Woolridge’s introduction to his Spoken Word Christmas video.
Dai asks where Christmas fits into a world so full of terror and he brings those words of Jesus into a seasonal focus, “Do not be afraid”.
“ ‘Don’t be afraid’ is the softly spoken sentence behind the scenes of the nativity” says Dai. “What’s on earth in Jesus’ birth, holds for all eternal worth”.
Dai, who lives in South Wales, is a writer and performer.
Advent Carol for the week
Come, thou Redeemer of the Earth, sung by King’s College Choir, Cambridge
300g / 10oz plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
125g/4oz soft brown sugar
350g/ 12oz golden syrup
2 eggs beaten
150ml/1/4 pint water
2 pieces preserved ginger, sliced, to decorate (optional)
Sieve all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
Place the butter and syrup in a pan (or microwave in a bowl) and heat gently until melted, and then add the eggs and water.
If using a food processor, pour the liquid ingredients down the feed tube, with the motor running, and process until well mixed.
Turn into a lined and greased 25cm/ 10 inch square cake tin and bake in a moderate preheated oven 180◦c / gas 4, for 40 to 45 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean
Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Cut into squares and put a slice of ginger on each piece.
From the Mothers’ Union
My children are aged six and four. When they're in bed, I can indulge myself with a moment to craft something a bit more complicated. These 3D stars are a bit trickier to make than the salt dough last week, but they look fantastic once they are done, and older children will love making them. You can use these to decorate around the house, on a tree or as part of a nativity scene. There's a great tutorial here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iraWBwcOfU8. Siân