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High in the sky, the stars shine so bright.

Which one did they follow on that wonderful night?

The three wise men who, from the orient came,

To find a child, though they knew not his name.

Whether we believe in the saviour or not

There is no doubt that the world changed a lot.

And through wars and conflicts that are so reviled

There can also be peace because of this child.

In nineteen fourteen, in ‘the war to end wars’

On Christmas day the guns, they did pause,

And from enemy lines, I know for a fact

The enchanting sounds of ‘Stille Nacht’

So beautiful it was that for one precious day

Bitter enemies met in the mud and the clay

To shake hands, play ball, drink and so on

And to share precious memories of their families back home.

Christmas is not just for eating and gifts

It’s a time to remember and heal harmful rifts

Thinking of others and not just ourselves,

But of those who are worse off in their own personal hell.

You don’t have to believe, in God, wrong or right

But you cannot deny that because of that night

A wonderful thing happened that changed us forever

In America, or Europe, East or wherever.

We all come together at this time of year

To celebrate our joy with plenty of cheer.

I hope beyond hope that this year at last

The whole world will shout HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

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A seemingly deserted beach on a cold, wet Sunday afternoon


A couple and their dog, the only souls in sight.

But, should disaster strike and the sea turn against them…


Help is at hand.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a charitable organisation that receives no government support.

I help by being a member and you can too, just by sending a donation of whatever you can afford.

Without our help, how many more lives would be claimed by the cruel sea?

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And for those who live outside the UK, please consider your own maritime rescue services.

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