“Christmas is a time of celebration and optimism. The Christmas messages reinforce ... the notion of ‘goodwill to all people’. It is a time for reflection – happy memories of a child’s view of Christmas in the past.... But I am acutely aware that for my best friend from school, Christmas is not going to be a happy time as the anniversary approaches of his eldest son’s death... All I can offer is some sense of understanding their grief... Christmas ought to ... emphasise the sense of being together in a deeply spiritual sense.”Nick Tyldesley (Chaplaincy Pastoral Assistant; Quaker; Consultant for Teaching and Learning, Bolton Metro Children’s Services).
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