Advent is a time for enjoying the celebrations. Most of us have things we like to do at this time of year, whether that is exploring a Christmas market, visiting favourite places, making cakes or cookies, decorating a tree or some other tradition that has become part of your way of anticipating Christmas. This afternoon there will be a community Christmas event at Goldthorpe Railway Embankment (2.00-3.30 p.m.) when we’ll be singing carols, decorating baubles and enjoying hot drinks; such events provide great enjoyment and sense of community spirit, which is often said to be one of the chief reasons people enjoy Christmas. “People seem friendlier and happier at this time of year,” I’m often told.

Enjoying doing things is good for us. It increases our sense of wellbeing and gives us a sense of shared experience with others. Do come along this afternoon to enjoy this Christmas celebration.