We sing and hear them every Advent and Christmas. It is likely that we know most of the words off by heart. Some years they are jazzed up, other years they are slowed down but they remain loved by millions. Our nation even runs competitions to determine the country’s most popular. But familiarity should never blind us to the words we are hearing or singing.

One of my favourite carols includes the words ‘But man shall live for evermore because of Christmas Day.’ What a great sentiment, man has the choice, as he has the invitation to live for evermore in the presence of God. In the midst of today’s trouble and turmoil, this is a comforting thought. This is something to look forward to, there is light at the end of the tunnel. This was why Jesus came, to give us life and salvation. In the words of a popular parlance ‘Should we choose to accept it.’