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Photo article - the tree arrives for dressing this weekend: I guess Christmas is almost upon us

Tom Winnifrith
Friday 14 December 2018

Today, Joshua and I opened the 14th window on his Advent calendar (the shepherds and a quote from Luke 2 v 15): the countdown continues. Don't tell most folks but there is no Christmas tree in the Gospels but it is now part lof Christmas and this morning my son and I picked up the seven footer below for £35.

When I was a young boy we dressed the tree on Christmas Eve while listening to the carol service from King's College on the wireless. We had real candles, red ones in little golden cups.  That was then. Now in dressing our tree even this weekend we will be viewed by most folks as leaving it far too late.

Joshua and I head to see my father in Shipston tomorrow so I guess it will be a Sunday treat as Christmas tree dressing is something the whole family should do together and the Mrs is out at (yet another) University drinks party this evening. An additional Sunday treat, I noticed today, will be the first carols by candelight service at our local church, St Cuthberts. 

For what it is worth, the picture behind the tree shows the Christ Church first eight from 1927 (bumped Univ) with my paternal grandfather seated on the right. 

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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