Yep. FREE TRAVEL from 1700 on 31st through to 1200 on 1st.
Meanwhile, in London, multicultural capital of the world and 24 hour city of pulsating life and activity ...
A reduced weekday service will operate from mid-afternoon and the last trains will run earlier on a Sunday timetable
Meanwhile, over in Glasgow:-
Thursday 25 December 2014 Christmas Day -
No services will operate
For those in between, there is the special service run by the Keighley bus museum people.
who was he?
The modern figure of Santa Claus is derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, whose name is a dialectal pronunciation of Saint Nicholas, the historical Greek bishop and gift-giver of Myra. Nikolaos was a historic 4th-century Christian saint and Greek Bishop of Myra (Demre, part of modern-day Turkey). Because of the many miracles attributed to him, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, a practice celebrated on his feast day, 6th December.
So we are 18 days too late for him!
But what about ...
... this scary bloke. He was invented/imagined by artist Thomas Nast in 1881 to illustrate a poem by Clement Clarke Moore, but it was still based on St Nick.
How about this equally scary guy?
He, dressed in GREEN, is Father Christmas aka father OF Christmas. His origin is pagan, either as a derivation of the Norse god Odin; or from "The Green Man" (yes, of pub fame). He came to bring jollity and general feasting at the midwinter knees up. He may also owe something to "The Lord of Misrule", part of a festival in which folk were encouraged to have their one day of unfettered naughtiness (e.g. the office party???). The mind boggles!
Either way, the modern Santa/Father Christmas has no place in the celebration of the birth of Jesus; he a concatenated character, a callous commercial contrivance, designed to encourage us all to spend more money than we have.
There is a better Christmas gift that lasts for ever!
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him, still
The dear Christ enters in.