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Christmas is not cancelled

21 November 2014

THE financial squeeze persuaded the civic authorities in Port Talbot, Llandaff diocese, to cancel Christmas this year, leaving the Christmas lights packed away and the annual parade not planned, my correspondent, Simon Smith, says, "leaving one of the major Christian festivals dead in the water before it had already begun".

But that is certainly not the case in the Church of Wales benefice of Aberavon, or its neighbouring churches in the Port Talbot area. Lights or no lights, it will be Christmas as usual - even more so, and they are already rehearsing (above). On the first weekend in December, their Christmas witness will begin with the erection of a set of brand new six-foot crib figures in the Aberfan Shopping Centre. And there will also be a new production of the nativity.

The churches and chapels of Port Talbot are taking the opportunity to step centre-stage and spread the true Christian message to the people of the town, Mr Smith says, speaking for the Aberavon benefice. The nativity play has a volunteer cast from various congregations, and will be performed three times daily during the second week in December, "bringing the Christmas story to life like never before". They are inviting schools as well as the wider public in a bid to spread the Christmas message far and wide.

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