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Queen Fat Bottomed Girls
Queen - Greatest Hits, Parlophone
Caro Emerald Stuck
(CD Single), Dramatico, 1
Perry Como Christmas Dream
The Odessa File (Soundtrack), MCA
Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama
The All Time Greatest Rock Songs ..., Columbia
(CD Single), Parlophone
Bruce Springsteen Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Amy Winehouse Our Day Will Come
Lioness: Hidden Treasures, Island, 1
Jimmy Osmond Long Haired Lover From Liverpool
The Very Best Of The Osmonds, Polydor
Free All Right Now
Back To The 70's (CD1) (Various), EMI, 15
Creedence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising
Green River, Fantasy, 1
Michael Bublé Cold December Night
Michael Buble Christmas, 143, 12
Paul Young Love Of The Common People
Paul Young - From Time To Time, Columbia
R.E.M. Losing My Religion
R.E.M. - Out Of Time, Warner Bros
T. Rex I Love To Boogie
T. Rex - The Singles As & Bs, Repertoire
Beyoncé Love On Top
4, RCA, 1
Doris Day Silver Bells
The Doris Day Christmas Album, CBS
Phil Collins In The Air Tonight
Phil Collins - Face Value, Virgin
Electric Light Orchestra Livin' Thing
Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic
Teddy Thompson In My Arms
(CD Single), Verve Forecast, 1
The Flying Pickets Only You
Christmas Love Songs (Various Artists, Arcade Records
Frankie Goes to Hollywood The Power Of Love
Mixed Emotions III (Various Artists), Polygram Tv
Chris Rea Driving Home For Christmas
(Single), WEA, 1
Paolo Nutini 10/10
Sunny Side Up, Atlantic, 1
Noah and the Whale Give It All Back
Last Night On Earth, Mercury, 1
Pause for Thought
With Nick Baines, the Bishop of Bradford
"What a relief. Yesterday was the shortest day... so, it's all up hill to summer from today. Isn't that brilliant? The days are getting longer, the nights shorter - the darkness lighter and the light brighter. Come on, show a little optimism!
"But, before we get too happy, we've got to get through Christmas first. So, here's a story that goes to the heart of what Christmas is all about.
A little lad was getting worried. He desperately wanted a new bike for Christmas, so he decided to pray about it and wrote his letter to God. "Dear God, I've been a really good boy all year and think I deserve the new bike." Then he thought about it, scrubbed it it and wrote: "Dear God, I've not been perfect, but I've tried hard and not been too bad. Please can I have the bike?" But he realised this was pushing it. So, he decided to go for a short walk while he thought about it. As he went round the corner of his road he saw a crib scene in a neighbour's garden. He nipped through the gate, knocked over Joseph, grabbed Mary and stuck him under his coat. When he got home he wrote: "OK, if you wanna see your mother again, gimme the bike!"
Er... and that goes to the heart of Christmas, does it? Well, yeah, in a weird way.
"We sometimes think that we can bargain with God. Or that we can earn his favour. Or, even, that we can chalk up credits which he might then reward with good fortune. But, Christmas amounts to a massive rejection of all this. Christmas is about God opting into the mess of the world and neither exempting himself from it, nor waiting until we got the formula right before coming to us. In other words, it isn't about us coming to him, but, rather, him coming to us.
That's the surprise. That's the deal. And that's why I can wish you a happy Christmas."
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