Heathdale flower 10th December 2020

Christmas with a twist

The British are always up for turning a difficult time into some amusing anecdotes to lighten the mood.

Heathdale flower

I have been pondering these last few days the differences that COVID has brought us this Christmas. Most of you know I come from the UK and the British are always up for turning a difficult time into some amusing anecdotes to lighten the mood. My family in the UK have shared some of the things happening there which has made Christmas different.

Mistletoe has been a Christmas tradition in our homes but not this year, kissing under the mistletoe is certainly not allowed. A little town called Tenbury Wells has had to cancel their annual mistletoe auction that has occurred for the past 160 years. This has made Sir Cliff Richards festive ditty of Mistletoe and Wine feel a little out of sync with the COVID Christmas. For the first time in 30 years the Queen and Prince Phillip won’t do the big, traditional royal Christmas at Sandringham. They will be zooming the family over Christmas pudding! The world famous Kings College carol service will be performed to an empty chapel. Even some of the Christmas carols and songs have had a COVID flavor!

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
Had a new, persistent cough
And if you ever heard it
You’d make him take a fortnight off

Deck The Halls

Deck the halls with lots of hand gel
Fa la la la la, la la la la
’Tis the season to be careful
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Don we now our face apparel
Fa la la, fa la la, la la la
Ban choirs singing Christmas carols
Fa la la la la, la la la la

One thing you can be sure of though is that we at Melton will celebrate the birth of Christ with our usual enthusiasm and festivity. We will praise God openly that He sent His Son to be born in a manger so that we may live. We will also celebrate the wonderful year of learning all have had despite it being such a difficult year. Then we will rest safe in the arms of our Lord celebrating with our families and enjoying life at a different pace. Then the cycle of school life will start again with renewed vigor. We will have new staff, new classes, new buildings, over 300 students, Year 8 and hopefully you will be allowed in to have a little peek! Each year brings the excitement of what will happen next.

As always we thank you for your support and love for our students and staff we couldn’t have done this year so well without your constant encouragement. When the tinsel and glitter fades we know your partnership is there and we look forward to coming back to this in 2021. May you all know the blessing of Christ this Christmas and stay safe.