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I believe in Father Christmas

By: Stephen Brookes MBE

Just as I started to type this, the music centre, on which I am playing one of those Christmas Compilation CD ran onto my favourite Christmas track called ‘I believe in Father Christmas’ by a guy called Greg Lake. (He was part of the 70’s Group Emerson, Lake and Palmer).

It is a rather difficult track, which has a message of his being told as a child that there will be snow, and peace at Christmas.

It continues with the words ‘they sold me a dream of Christmas, and I looked to the sky with excited eyes, and then I woke with the first light of dawn, and saw through the disguise.

But he does then sing the words, ‘I wish you a hopeful Christmas, and a brave New year. All anguish pain and sadness leave your heart and let your love be clear’.

This year of 2005 has been a difficult, devastating time for us all. Our personal problems, which seem so massive in the confines of our own circle and room, turn to nothing when compared to the events which have unfolded before us.

I recall clearly the images which touched us all. The Tsunami, the Earthquake, the bombs in London, which touched my own friends, and the many deaths and illnesses which have marked the 5th year of the 21st century.

I keep hearing the cynical voices asking in such awful times and with such terrible events where is God, and where is the basis of faith, and I suppose the fact that, in my own mind I can’t answer is a version of faith. That may seem a contradiction, but is it really? The fact that I can’t agree with there being no hope, no future and no reason in a way shows a small light of faith, and hope.

This year, this Christmas has seen stupidity, such as the Mayor of Preston stopping Christmas Carols being sung around Council property, in case it offends other faiths. But are those other faiths offended, well mostly no. Political correctness is alive and well and destroying illusions.

Other events and reactions prove that people do care and have faith in humanity. Greg Lake had the right words, when he says that he wishes us a hopeful Christmas and a brave New Year.

Just this week, some students at Coventry University joked with me that Coventry Web is just a chat room for Cov fans, but I was firm in my answer that this site, ‘our’ Coventry Web is so much more than that.

It is different people, who mainly have not seen each other, but for whom each event and each personal problem becomes part of us all and each shares the bad or the good.

That is my reason to believe in Father Christmas.

Happy Christmas and a Hopeful New Year.

Steve Brookes, mbe
NUJ.
DMC.
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