Yesterday evening I did something that I haven't done for decades; I went to church.
As you can see by the above, it was the evening of our nearby church's service of 'Lessons and Carols', and this year I was determined to go.
There were lit candles around the capitals of the huge stone pillars, and we all held small lighted candles. There was a beautiful atmosphere, and the singing was fine. We sang Once in royal David's city, Unto us a child is born, Silent night, Ding dong merrily, O come all ye faithful, and Hark the herald-angels. The others also sang one or two that I didn't know; I abstained. For a small church the quality of the singing was very good, but maybe the choir's inventive descants were a tad optimistic!
The service lasted about an hour; just right. I had a pleasant chat with Fr Dominic on leaving, and we returned home to a welcoming glass of wine and a simple supper.
I'm now looking forward to 'Carols from Kings' on Christmas Eve.
I hope to go again next year; I enjoyed it.