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From the editor's desk 8 December

The War Cry comments on Christmas

Christmas often brings joys and sorrows into sharpest focus

ACROSS the TV schedules this month will be a range of film adaptations of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. The story is often cited as the reason why many Christmas card scenes hark back to the Victorian era. And it’s why those who don’t like this time of year are sometimes greeted with the phrase ‘Bah, humbug!’

However, it is the opening words of another Dickens classic, A Tale of Two Cities, that sum up the polar opposites that can exist at Christmastime: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.’

Although not written about Christmas, those words describe the reality that some people can be enjoying a great time while others can be finding life hard. And Christmas often brings those joys and sorrows into sharpest focus.

In this week’s War Cry, we feature a touring show called Comedians and Carols. It provides seasonal entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, catering for those who experience Christmas as a time to be spent happily with the people they love.

However, we also feature the BBC Two adaptation of the play Love. The drama centres on a group of people encountering homelessness in the weeks leading up to Christmas. It is a predicament that fails to bring the characters any comfort or joy.

Although Love is fictional, homelessness is a reality. A report last month suggested that 320,000 people are experiencing homelessness in Great Britain. For those weighed down by homelessness – and for others encountering a range of other difficulties – Christmas will not be a time of festive fun and merriment.

It’s great that there are many people looking forward to a happy Christmas. Let’s hope it’s as good as they expect.

But if there is someone we know who may be finding Christmas tough, let’s see if there is something we can do to make it a better time for them.

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