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It’s Christmas!! But what is it really?

It’s the time of the year when the kids get excited for presents under the Christmas tree, cards being sent by the truck load, maybe (although unlikely in the UK) even some snow falling, carols being sung and even some parties. But is this really what Christmas is? What has startled me over the few years of my teaching career so far is that the meaning is lost on children.

Now I will point out that I am not religious here, so if I make any mistakes in here and someone who can either add to this or correct it by all means do, but this is what I was taught at school.

Christmas is the time of Jesus’s birth, and the sign of God showing His great love for the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.

It’s a time to celebrate that through Jesus, we are all God’s children. Through Adam and Eve we have inherited the nature of sin which needs to be removed. Jesus died on the cross for each and every one of our sins, and if we truly believe that, then God can enter our hearts and forgive and cleanse us of our sins.

However, Christmas is not a time of joy for everyone. There are those who may not be home for Christmas for various reasons, whether they be serving in the military overseas, suffering from illness in hospital, or even sadly no longer with us. This year there has been the added impact of the Ebola outbreak in countries in West Africa, which has had suspected cases all over the world. There are also families who are living in poverty all over the world, for whom the thought of tucking into a roast turkey dinner or giving/receiving a present is but a distant dream, a far cry from the reality that they face. So while we may be fortunate to be able to celebrate Christmas in the various ways that we do, spare a thought to those who aren’t so privileged.

I hope everyone who reads this has a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! I’m going to do what I haven’t done in a while and finish this with a song called O Come All Ye Faithful, performed by one of my favourite artists PelleK. Enjoy!

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Talent Shoutout: Piers Awramenko

As I’m sure those of who you have followed my blog for a while will know, education and politics has formed a rather large part of my life and is something that I follow every day, and often construct my only political viewpoints on current events.

Well, Piers Awramenko, a friend of mine from university and student of International Relations has started his own blog documenting his political take on current events, giving some really interesting views. It also talks about why he became interested in International Relations and Political Theories and theorists which leads to the politics we have today.

A link to this talented young man’s blog can be found here: http://piersglobalpoliticsimpressions.wordpress.com/

As you have done for me over the past year, explore his blog, follow it and give him some support. It’s in it’s early stages but definitely one to keep an eye on, as I sure will be! 🙂

Mr M

We’re going on a Gove Hunt

Just thought I’d bring your attention to this, I thought this was hilarious!

Education, Teaching, Technology

Michael Rosen has written an open letter to Michael Gove this week (http://bit.ly/wOR2vl). Rosen is critical of Gove’s policy and approaches, I think it’s fair to say he’s not Gove’s biggest fan.  Rosen’s classic children’s book casts the bear in the role of the scary monster, but what if we were to face our modern day demons and go on a Gove hunt….

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