Mindfully Bertie’s Christmas Reflection
Merry Christmas 2016.
Lighting a Christmas Candle to Diddley.
The holly in the windy hedge
And round the Manor House the yew
Will soon be stripped to deck the ledge,
The altar, font and arch and pew,
So that the villagers can say
‘The church looks nice’ on Christmas Day.
Provincial Public Houses blaze,
Corporation tramcars clang,
On lighted tenements I gaze,
Where paper decorations hang,
And bunting in the red Town Hall
Says ‘Merry Christmas to you all’.
(extract John Betjeman … full poem at:
So Merry Christmas to you all. I hope I helped you smile through the tears. Let’s carry on together in 2017. Here’s just some of you who met me this year. With music, if you wish…