So deck those halls. Trim those trees. Raise up cups of Christmas cheer.

treeI received a direct message today on twitter from an old friend who in wishing me well for Christmas also noted that it’s been 14 years since the rock legend Joe Strummer of The Clash passed away. This led me to reminisce that I once met Mr Strummer outside the legendary Glasgow Apollo and how much the gig remains with me to this day. I find music memories take me back so clearly to the moment…and at this time of year the music memory box is triggered regularly. Fairytale of New York? Frosty the Snowman? When you hear these songs what do you remember? Nights out? Christmas Dinners? Does hearing ‘Let it Snow’ by Vaughn Monroe make you think of mistletoe or like me does it make you think of ‘Die Hard’ which is probably my favourite festive holiday film…

On hearing ‘Merry Xmas’ by Slade the other day my six year old daughter said ‘Och, not this again!’…I’m sure she’ll grow to love it. I’m actually a big fan of that song and I’m sure you’ve got a favourite – whatever songs you choose for your festive holiday soundtrack make sure you turn up the volume and dance around….as Noddy sez …’Its CHRISTMAAAAAAAAAAS!’

How Could £5,000 Develop Your Youth Project?

Faiths in Community Scotland Action Fund’s (FiSCAF) first funding deadline of 2017 is going to focus on young people.  FiSCAF are calling for applications from organisations motivated by faith who could use £5,000 to make a real difference to the lives of people 18 and under, experiencing poverty in their local community.

Deadline for applications is the 10th of February and open to all charities who meet  FiSCAF’s criteria and have never received funding from the STV Children’s Appeal. For more information and an application form visit www.faithincommunityscotland.org/faith-in-community-scotland-action-fund/

See you in the New Year – here’s tae us – Lang may yir lum reek!

Alan

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