Wherever we live in the world, food is an essential part of life. We need it to live! It gives sustenance to our bodies but there is something so unique and wonderful about the foods we like to eat around the holidays and Christmas. Feast days and festivals usually have specific or traditional foods to eat! Its one of the things I love about Christmas: getting to sit around a table and share a wonderful meal with those you love and care about. I was intrigued to see what the young people here at All Saints would say! Take a look: 

  • Turkey 
  • Trifle 
  • Panettone [original] 
  • Potato 
  • Profiteroles 
  • Turkey 
  • Pigs in blankets 
  • Stuffing 
  • Stew, soup, Christmas dinner

It such a simple question, asking someone’s favourite food or Christmas food. As well as a great conversation starter, it also gives you a peek into the likes and dislikes of the people you meet and are surrounded by. 

Another wonderful aspect of Christmas is the gifts! I love giving and receiving them! One thing that I have loved doing this year is leaving gifts and cards for people secretly so they are surprised to find them. Seeing the joy on their faces and hearing the joy in their voice makes all the time spent writing and putting it together, worth it! This led me to wonder what the young people considered the best gift they had received so far in their lives. Here’s what they said:  

  • Everything 
  • My bedroom 
  • A phone 
  • Me being born 
  • Jesus! 
  • A phone 
  • Nintendo switch b 

A varied list of responses but what ties them all together is that it was gifted to them, free of charge and they loved receiving it. We associate a lot of things with Christmas, mostly winter-related things such as snow. With the recent weather warnings about rain and snow coming and then not turning up where I live, it got me thinking about the snow adventures I’ve had in my life and therefore what are the young people’s favourite memories of snow: 

  • When it falls 
  • Last year when my family and I went sledging 
  • My first time seeing it 
  • Slava’s snow show @ the Hippodrome 
  • School closed 
  • Snowball fight 
  • Not keen on snow 
  • Making a snowman 
  • Sister threw the snow down my top 
  • My brother slipped and cried 
  • When I was in Iceland and went sledging straight away =) 

For some, snow is awesome and lovely but for others, it’s an inconvenience or a reminder of something they may not want to think about. It’s important to remember those who find this time of year difficult. In the midst of all our celebrations, let’s think and pray for those who find this time challenging. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!