Former Brussels trams have been exported and continued to give good service. Like the vehicle in the fbb photo at the top of this blog, here is a short car running, still in Brussels livery, in Buenos Aires.
Tuesday 31st December
At the beginning of the Twelfth Night festival, a cake that contained a bean was eaten. The person who found the bean would rule the feast. Midnight signaled the end of his rule and the world would return to normal. The common theme was that the normal order of things was reversed. This Lord of Misrule tradition dates back to pre-Christian European festivals such as the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia.
... the Gift of Christ-mas (i.e. The Christ, The Messiah, God's chosen servant who suffered for the sins off the people) continues into eternity via the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.
There was a minor kerfuffle c/o Auntie BBC, hidden well down the festive and meteorological news. The guest editor of "Today" had invited an atheist Reverend (surely a contradiction in terms!) to present "Thought for the Day"; but the Beeb demoted him from the usual God slot to one an hour earlier.
In his broadcast piece his Irreverence stated, "I do not believe that there is an omnipotent other who will intervene to save us from our own worst impulses. Whilst I don't literally believe the stories underlying Christmas, I do believe in its most important message."
Hang on a bit! Faith is personal thing, between man and God (or not, as the case may be); but ...
"I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people. This very day in David's town your Saviour was born, Christ the Lord! And this is what will prove it to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
... What is the important message of Christ-mas?