...was told by their leader that they should not sing any Christmas carols because to do so would be offensive. This was rubbish - there is absolutely no legal or other requirement to ban the singing of the time-honoured carols that are so much part of Britain's traditional Christmas celebrations. But somehow, people have got the idea that there is some sort of restriction, that "it isn't allowed now" to have carols. This is partly why I have become particularly passionate about carol-singing at railway stations and in other public places. This year I was involved with a number of groups that sang at, variously, a large hospital (visiting every ward) and two main London railway stations. (And I'm glad to say that the group mentioned in my first sentence above has now definitely reformed its ways).
Without Christ, there is no reason to celebrate Christmas. But today, even some Christians think they ought to drop references to Christ at this season: "In the name of a false respect that is not Christian, which often hides the will to marginalize the faith, it eliminates from the celebration any reference to the birth of Jesus. But, in fact, this event is the only true Christmas!"
AND A BIG THANK-YOU TO THE MAN WHO HAS JUST PUBLICLY SAID THAT.