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Christmas reflection: A sublime challenge to a cynical world

ON Christmas Eve there's always last-minute shopping, food preparation and present wrapping to be done.

Still, I make a point of downing tools to watch Carols from King's on TV.

For me Christmas carols are one of the best bits of Christmas. I love both singing them and hearing them - especially when the carollers are out in the open in a busy commercial centre.

There is something special about being stopped in my tracks by a choir singing a favourite carol.

In third place on my personal favourites list is Oh Come, Oh Come Immanuel - a haunting hymn, full of longing for God's Messiah.

Charles Wesley's Hark the Herald Angels Sing comes second, coupling the writer's rich understanding of the salvation story with Mendelssohn's rousing tune.

And then there are the lyrics and sublime melody of a carol that challenges the proud assertions of a cynical world, that captures the wonder of Christmas and calls me to my knees to worship the King of Kings.

Yes, O Holy Night is top of my favourites list.

Lynda Neilands

Lay Leader of the Methodist Conference

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