Sunday, 24 December 2006

Christmas Eve in the Woods

After dinner on Christmas Eve, we headed down to the main hotel in Meiringen, Park Hotel du Savage (where Conan Doyle was supposed to have stayed), to join a group of 50 English, Dutch, American and Swiss people to go for a torchlit walk into the woods. Hotelier, Ferdie Salvera, led the march, and we had proper wax ropelike torches, with real flames! Bernard, the Barbados born Italian, who now works in Switzerland played the trumpet and we started off the carol singing on the way down.

Upon reaching the enclave in the woods, we sang carols (Good King Wencelas, Silent Night, O Come All ye Faithful), had a reading from the Bible about the birth of Christ, and then enjoyed a glass of mulled wine, before heading back. There were about 100 people in total in the woods. Being out with my family, and in such a family atmosphere, reminds you of what Christmas is all about.

On the way back to the hotel, there was another round of Jingle Bells (or Jungle Bells as the songsheet said!).


Andrew Allison. A Conservative View said...

I hope you had a very good Christmas Day and I wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year. I do have one question though: You remark on being with your family and singing carols and listening to a reading about the birth of Christ. So what do you think Christmas is all about?

Claire Palmer said...

Thanks Andrew for your comment. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ, which was (for me) done through the reading and the carols.

However, I also believe that (in a less religious sense) it is a time to spend with one's family and those close to you and a celebration of the gift of friendship, health and many other things, that others are not as lucky as I am to have.

But of course it means different things to different people. To some it is just a celebration, and the giving and receiving of presents.