The Christmas bus mystery is this ...
London, population 7.4 million:
South Yorkshire (1.9 million) is less well off ...
The other PTEs largely follow the Manchester pattern with nothing at all on Christmas day and skeleton services for all those fleshless people who wish to travel on Boxing Day.
We now move down the population statistics to Brighton where the bus company has a reputation for excellent customer satisfaction and first class community involvement, courtesy of dynamic Roger French ...
Things are more confusing in Oxford, another "Go-Ahead" area which doesn't go very far ahead on Christmas Day.
It was only later that carols began to be sung in church, and to be specifically associated with Christmas. The first song to be accepted by the church was "While Shepherds Watched"; and no sniggering at the back about sock-washing, please.
Somehow it seems INappropriate to hear carols blared out of shops' loudspeakers or sung by groups of
Mary, of course, sang the first ever Christmas Carol, called "The Magnificat", from the Latin translation of the first line, "My soul magnifies the Lord."
God has remembered me, His lowly servant ... His name is holy. From one generation to another He shows mercy to those who honour Him. He has stretched out His mighty arm and scattered the proud with all their plans
And now a quiz question : Which carol (often sung in churches and in most hymn books) has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus or Christmas in any way; it has (almost) no Christian content whatsoever? Answer on Boxing Day.