Midwinter Festivals

Part of a series on the traditions of Christmas So why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25th, if it isn’t the actual birthday of Jesus? The answer is that the celebration goes back much further than that. Midwinter has always been a time to hold rituals. When it’s dark and …

The Wise Men

Part of a series on the traditions of Christmas The carol We Three Kings gets it badly wrong. The Bible doesn’t say they were Kings at all. It calls them magi, people who made their living from forecasting the future based on the positions of the stars. We would call them …

The birth of Jesus

Part of a series on the traditions of Christmas Christmas Day shouldn’t really be on Christmas day at all. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, but Jesus wasn’t born in December. The Christian Church has never claimed that he was but chose the 25th as a convenient …

The Christmas Tree

Part of a series on the traditions of Christmas One decoration that deserves its own history is the Christmas tree. Whoever thought that chopping down a tree, bringing it indoors and covering it with lights would be a good way of celebrating Christmas? The story goes back many thousands of …

Decorations and lights

part of a series on the traditions of Christmas Decking the hall with boughs of holly may have given way to chains of streamers, but decorating our homes has been part of Christmas for hundreds of years. Bringing evergreen plants such as holly, ivy and mistletoe was a way of saying that …

all about Wayne

Writings and pictures from Wayne Clarke: broadcaster, media consultant, social commentator and Baptist minister. I’m based in Liverpool, UK, where I’m Religious Producer at BBC Radio Merseyside and minister at Dovedale Baptist Church. I’m trying to find time to blog, but not always succeeding.

Liverpool Discovers

From the people who brought you the Super Lambanana trail and Go Penguins, Liverpool Culture are developing “Liverpool Discovers”. It’s going to be a cultural trail around the city of hidden gems. See more at the website. I’ve just submitted Hugh Stowell Brown to the Liverpool Discovers site. It may …