Jump to content

Dunstable Christmas church celebration held in July

Rob Thompson

Recommended Posts

Dunstable Christmas church celebration held in July

Date 25-07-2021

Source; BBC


The rector says "Christmas is not just for Christmas" encouraging people to dress for the occasion.

A Christmas celebration, complete with carols and mince pies, has taken place in the middle of the summer for people who missed out on traditional services in December.

It was organised by the Reverend Rachel Phillips at the Priory Church of St Peter in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.

The Church of England rector maintains that "Christmas is not just for Christmas".

"We celebrated as Dunstable has never done before," she said.

Carols were sung with "gusto" outside the church the reverend said
The outdoor event included traditional carols, a small nativity play and a visit from Father Christmas.

"He's not that busy at this time of year," Ms Phillips said.

The event was not just to make up for the church not being able to hold its usual carol service in December because of coronavirus regulations.
"Last December we weren't able to celebrate as we normally would, so we're doing it now," Ms Phillips said.

"But there is a serious point here, which is, that what Christians celebrate at Christmas is not just for Christmas - it's not just for one day."


Reverend Rachel Phillips got into the spirit of Christmas with a wee donkey and said the event was "joyful"
About 100 people turned up wearing their Christmas jumpers and sporting Santa hats.

Children dressed as their favourite "nativity character" and picnics were eaten - complete with turkey sandwiches and mince pies.

"The weather was a lot more Christmas jumper friendly than the hot temperatures we had last week," Ms Phillips said.

"The children were so excited, seeing their faces when Father Christmas appeared was just lovely. It made their Christmas."


  • Like 2
  • Love 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hopefully, this new tradition will catch on and, Santa Rob, you'll have a busy summer season!

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

30 minutes ago, Santa Johnny Boy said:

Hopefully, this new tradition will catch on and, Santa Rob, you'll have a busy summer season!

Well Johnny there have been quite a few of these since Covid, so one never knows :) 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites



  • Days
  • Hours
  • Minutes
  • Seconds

Post your pictures and comments here daily!

  • Donations

    All donations go directly towards the cost of hosting and running ClausNet!

    Your support, through donations or simply by clicking on sponsor links, is greatly appreciated!

    Donate Sidebar by DevFuse
  • Our picks

    • How do You Portray Santa?
      Portraying Santa is acting; it is a characterization of a mythical character.

      Most of us never think of ourselves as actors, but we are. Certain characteristics of Santa Claus have been handed down from one generation to another. The way we dress and conduct ourselves all follow an established pattern.

      Santa Claus is one of the most recognizable characters throughout the world. This came about from the advertising campaign of the Coke Cola Company and the creative painting genius, of Haddon Sundblom. Coke Cola was looking to increase winter sales of its soft drink and hired Sundblom to produce illustrations for prominent magazines. These illustrations appeared during the holiday season from the late 1930s into the early 1970s and set the standard for how Santa should look.

      This characterization of Santa with rosy cheeks, a white beard, handlebar mustache plus a red costume trimmed in white fur is the image most everyone has in their minds. Unconsciously people are going to judge you against that image. If your beard isn’t white or you have a soiled suit it will register with the onlooker.

      By the way, the majority of Sundblom's paintings depict Santa with a Brown Belt and Brown Boots. Not until his later illustrations did he change the color to Black for these items. Within the past few years many costume companies have offered the Coke Cola Suit and it has become very popular. You can tell it by the large buttons and absence of fur down the front of the jacket.

      No matter how you portray Santa, be it home visits, schools, churches, parades, corporate events, malls, hospitals we all make an entrance and an impression! The initial impression we make determines if our client will ask us to return.

      The 5 Second Rule

      I have a theory: When you enter the presence of your audience you have about 5 seconds to make people believe you are the real Santa.
        • Thanks
        • Love
        • Like
      • 5 replies
    • If You Have the Post Christmas Blues You’re Doing Christmas Wrong
      The post-Christmas blues are a very real thing. Once the date of December 25th has passed the specter of December 26th is an ominous marker to many. It sits there on the calendar like the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come. Silent and foreboding, the very image of the hooded Angel of Death it seems to be. And why not?

      Just about anywhere you look Americans are tossing trees to the curb, ripping down lights from rooftops and radio stations are flipping back to everyday music. What took months to build gets deconstructed in a matter of a couple of days.
        • Like
      • 26 replies
    • Not Everyone Can Be Santa!
      Yes, I said it and it is not meant to hurt anyone’s feelings. I do view many Facebook sites along with websites and posted photos. Frankly, many of these postings should have never been put on public display.
        • Thanks
        • Love
        • Like
      • 8 replies
    • Auld Lang Syne
      Every New Year’s Eve at the stroke of midnight, millions around the world traditionally gather together to sing the same song, “Auld Lang Syne”. As revilers mumble though the song’s versus, it often brings many of them to tears – regardless of the fact that most don’t know or even understand the lyrics. Confusion over the song’s lyrics is almost as much of a tradition as the song itself. Of course that rarely stops anyone from joining in.
        • Wow
        • Love
        • Like
      • 3 replies
    • Merry Christmas, My Friend
      Every year around this time, some variation of this poem is circulated online. The poem is generally credited to “a soldier stationed in Okinawa” or more recently since September 11, 2001, “a Marine stationed in Afghanistan”.

      However, the poem’s true author is Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt.

      Originally entitled, “Merry Christmas, My Friend”, Corporal Schmidt wrote the poem in 1986 while serving as Battalion Counter Sniper at the Marine Barracks 8th & I, in Washington, D.C.

      That day the poem was placed in the Marine Corps Gazette and distributed worldwide. Schmidt’s poem was later published in Leatherneck (Magazine of the Marines) in December 1991.
        • Sad
        • Love
        • Like
      • 1 reply
  • Create New...