Today's thought on the frugal joys of advent is the one where you can say, "Well, you would say that wouldn't you?" It's the pleasure of visiting a church.
I've just come back from a church where this afternoon there will be a village Carol Service which will be very well attended. The church is decorated with a huge tree, lots of greenery and a wonderful knitted nativity scene. It will be a rousing sing this afternoon and afterwards there will be tea, coffee, mince pies and maybe a drop of mulled wine.
Sadly an awful of of churches are locked up during the week but there are still a lot which are open for anyone who cares to open the door. There is something wonderful about the stillness of a church when one is there alone. My favourite one has a churchyard which has areas which have been left to go wild so there are birds singing outside.
So I commend churches for a good sing whether you are a human or whether you are a bird!