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A Celebratory Christmas. Andy Thomas Saturday 17 November 2018

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TALK STARTS AT 2.45.  THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE NORMAL TIME OF 2.15

This uplifting presentation uncovers the fascinating background to the festive season, from the ancient ceremonies of light in the darkness, to the marking of the birth of a Messiah.  

Mid December has long been a time for rejoicing, yet Christmas traditions have splintered into many guises.  Andy shows why, for all the modern commercialisation, Christmas has survived and still has meaning for us today.