This year’s evening was different in that it included a ‘talkie bit’ from one of the church members. It was done brilliantly – very non threatening but a clear message. Sarah took out a pair of her foster son’s wellies and told how these were the first wellies he had owned. They marked the first time he’d been allowed, and encouraged, to jump in puddles. (A sharp reminder to me that the ‘excitement of childhood’ is not experienced by all children) Sarah realised that she had to slow her pace and focus on seeing things through a child’s eyes again. And in doing so allow this child the opportunity to experience what many of us take for granted. She then encouraged us all to slow our pace during advent and experience the true meaning of Christmas which many of us take for granted and so miss.