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Hopes under the tree

Simon Parke

by Simon Parke

Posted: 20 Dec 2013 @ 12:26

"CHRISTMAS waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful," Norman Vincent Peale said, and his words will either make you misty-eyed or nauseous. So what is Christmas about? If Christmas does what it says on the tin, then what should it say on the tin?

One reality of Christmas is the longing not for a saviour, but a dream. I sit with a woman who speaks wistfully; she wants to get back to how Christmas used to be. But, as her story unfolds, it ...

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