The Anglo-Saxons called December the ‘Winter monath’, or ‘Yule monath’ because of the custom of burning the Yule log around this time. After many Anglo-Saxons became Christians they called it ‘Heligh monath’ or holy month, because Christmas, the birth of Jesus, is celebrated in December.
The 6th December is St Nicholas’s Day. Saint Nicholas is said to be just about everyone’s saint; he is surely named the patron saint of more causes than any other. Nicholas has been chosen as the special protector or guardian of a great many classes of people, cities, churches, and even countries. In the west Nicholas is most widely known as the patron saint of children. Many of his stories tell of children rescued from calamity and returned to the care and keeping of their families.
On the 25th December the majority of children will be receiving Christmas presents from Father Christmas all due to St Nicholas!
C is for the Christ Child, a child of love and light
H is for the Heavens that were bright that holy night
R is for the Radiance of the star that led the way
I is the lowly Inn where the infant Jesus lay
S is for the Shepherds who beheld the Christmas star
T is for the Tidings the angels told afar
M is for the Magi with their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
A is for the Angels who were awesome to behold
S is for the Saviour who was born to save all men
And together this spells CHRISTMAS which we celebrate again.
Christmas is my favourite time of year and I would to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and good health in the New Year.
With love, Martha x