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Dear Crusader Friends
Early in December, Letters start arriving from relatives and friends we perhaps haven’t seen for many years, but with whom we make a point of keeping in touch at least once in the year. As we recognise the writing on the envelope, it is opened with great anticipation. Some are brief messages written on the back of a Christmas card, whilst others, packed with news of the past year, have obviously been typed then duplicated and sent out to a wide circle of people. I must admit that the letters we most enjoy receiving here at the Crusade, are the ones specially written for us – those which describe something the writer knows will particularly interest us, or which send us a message of comfort or encouragement. When we receive such letters, we are delighted, for we can picture the sender, realising that distance alone can never destroy the true friendship of the Crusade and its members.
Sanctuary Of Remembrance
I am often called upon to conduct the funeral services of our dearly departed Crusaders. After conducting their service the family often request that their wreath and a card be placed upon the Altar in the Sanctuary of Remembrance at the Crusade. One of our Crusaders whose husband passed away two years ago has requested that both a Valentine card and Anniversary card be placed on the Altar in memory of their love each year. Why do I mention this you may ask, because maybe you were not fully aware of our Sanctuary of Remembrance? If you would like your Loved One or your Favourite Pet to be remembered at Christmas, then why not send a card, photograph or article that you would like to rest on the Altar of Remembrance, where prayers are said daily for those now at peace
Christmas is universally respected. Everything stops for Christmas, even wars. I believe there was a touching moment in the First Great War when the two great opposing armies came out of their trenches, to wish each other a happy Christmas. Let’s hope that respect for, and observation of Christmas will always continue. But what a pity that the spirit of Christmas is observed for such a short while. When Christmas Day was over the Great War continued and the two armies were both enemies again. And so it would seem to be with the average man and woman in the world. A spirit of generosity, a giving of gifts and good will to all, prevails for a short while and then we all go back to our daily lives and it all fades into the background.
So each year as we prepare for the happy event of Christmas, let us resolve to prepare in a positive and cheerful manner the other daily events in our lives. Let us also try not to lose sight of the beautiful message and spirit of Christmas, but keep it with us throughout the coming years, tuning in each day and every day to its goodness and beauty.
Carols by Candlelight
Carols by Candlelight holds a special place in the hearts of most people as this unique event brings everyone together to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
The inspiration for Carols by Candlelight came in Melbourne in Christmas 1937. Radio veteran Norman Banks MBE while walking home, noticed an elderly lady sitting by her window, her face lit up by a candle as she listened and sang along to Christmas carols on the radio. He was inspired to organise the first gathering of people to sing Carols by Candlelight. In 1938, 10,000 people gathered at Alexandra Gardens to sing carols with a choir, and the Fire Brigade Band. From that moment a new Christmas tradition was born that is now carried on throughout the world.