Some Australian churches are beginning to replace the manger in their nativity display with a coolomon. Shaped from the bark of a tree, coolomons were traditionally used by indigenous Australian women to carry water, fruit, seeds, roots and small babies. I think it’s a wonderful Australian image of Christmas
Yesterday I made a Christmas cake.
There was nothing exotic about the ingredients or the process,
but as it cooked the rich, fruity aroma escaped the kitchen
and drifted through the house.
I can’t send that Christmassy fragrance to you,
but I can pray that,
whatever you do and wherever you live,
the Christ essence permeates the ordinary of your life,
this Christmas and in 2016.