The season of Christmas, when we celebrate the birth or Nativity
of our Saviour Jesus Christ, begins on 25th December and lasts for
Accounts of Christ's birth appear in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke - where we read about there being no room
for Mary and Joseph in the 'inn', learn of the visit by the
shepherds and read of how angels celebrated in song:
"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to
those on whom his favour rests."
Churches around the country are celebrating Christmas and Advent with special
services and carol concerts; to find your nearest Church of England
services visit the website Christmas
Did you know?
Boxing Day on 26th December is also St Stephen's Day, which
is mentioned in the Christmas carol Good King Wenseslas - you can
read about the life of Stephen in the New Testament in the book of
the Acts of the Apostles.
The visit of the Magi (when the 'wise men' took gifts the gifts
of gold, frankincense and myrrh to Jesus - symbolised by the
presents we give to one another at Christmas now) probably took
place around two years after the birth of Christ, on a
day which is celebrated in the Church calendar as Epiphany on 6th