Here's to all the little kids Who haven't got no clothes Here's to all the little kids Who haven't got no homes It's Christmas time in Palestine It's Christmas in Beirut They're scrapping 'round for rice Not for tutti fruits Shane McGowan Christmas Lullaby
It’s Christmas again, and whatever the year has brought, it shudders to a halt for the last week. Which gives everyone a chance to catch up with family, time for reflection, and a much needed break from the busyness of our normal lives. In some ways, it seems a bit like the biblical nativity story of Mary and Joseph trekking it out to Bethlehem – hitching south-west to my hometown I met all kinds of people who are on the same journey, back to places and people they rarely see to celebrate Christmas together.
I think a lot about the biblical story of Christmas this time of year. Of course we are surrounded with the Christmas carol or nativity display version; but the story, like any story, is more nuanced.
This year I’ve been thinking about the Jewish people, who for 400 years had been living under the burden of…
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