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Christmas past, present and future

Posted by: Richard Abbey
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What’s happening at Sheffield Cathedral this festive season?

“I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.” So said Charles Dickens the author whose name is so associated with a traditional Christmas.


Each of us will have memories of Christmas from childhood and also certain traditions carried from year to year. I have a Christmas tree ornament given to me as a young child by a much-loved Auntie, which must go on the tree each year. Sheffield Cathedral is no stranger to long held traditions of Christmas.


Despite the huge disruptions of the COVID crisis we have attempted to maintain many of the much-loved events and services. Many people look forward to the amazing Sheffield Steel Nativity being seen in the main body of the Cathedral. They come with children and grandchildren to see the nativity scene as part of their Christmas.


The ‘Carols Galore’ event, which takes place on Saturday 11 December, 11am and 1pm, is for Christmas shoppers and has become an enduring tradition in the week before Christmas. Over that past few years we have added to our traditions with the Christmas light show, and Christmas Tree Festival. They too are becoming a much-loved part of our festive events. It’s amazing to realise that for many hundreds of years people have gathered in this place to celebrate God’s amazing gift of the Christ child. We have survived plagues, social change and wars.


The Cathedral has changed much over the years but at its heart it maintains the living tradition of being A Place for All People. We hope you will come and visit us at one of our Carol Services and events and make it part of your Christmas tradition.


I wish you all a joyous and peaceful Christmas.

Reverend Canon Keith Farrow Vice Dean and Canon Missioner Sheffield Cathedral





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