British Queen’s Christmas address

December 25, 2015 6:08 pm


Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess
Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge. Photo / Getty

The Queen has invoked Christ’s example as a displaced person who
answered persecution with a message of love, rather than revenge or
Her implied reference to the Syrian refugee crisis in
her traditional Christmas Day address came with a plea for light to
shine in a world that “has had to confront moments of darkness this
“There is an old saying that it is better to light a
candle than curse the darkness,” she said at the end of the concise
five-minute address, which she began with a brief history lesson of the
origins of the tradition of decorating Christmas trees with twinkling
The Queen reminded her global audience of the humble circumstances of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Joseph and Mary, the circumstances of Jesus’ birth in a stable were far
from ideal, but worst was to come as the family was forced to flee the
country,” she said.

“Despite being displaced and persecuted throughout his short
life, Christ’s unchanging message was not one of revenge or violence,
but simply that we should love one another.
“Although it is not
an easy message to follow, we shouldn’t be discouraged. Rather, it
inspires us to try harder, to be thankful to the people who bring love
and happiness into our own lives, and to look at ways of spreading that
love to others, however and wherever we can.”
The Queen paid
tribute to her great-great-grandparents, Victoria and Albert, for
popularising the Christmas tree through a photograph published of their
own well-lit specimen.
“After this touching picture was published, many families wanted a Christmas tree of their own, and the custom soon spread.”
the theme of illuminating the spirit, she quoted the Gospel of St
John’s verse of hope: “The light shines in the darkness, and the
darkness has not overcome it.”
In reference to the 70th
anniversary this year of the end of World War II, she paid tribute to
the service and sacrifice of those who took part in “that terrible
conflict” and the many thousands who died.
Now a
great-grand-mother, the Queen said one of the joys of living a long life
was seeing children of successive generations decorating the Christmas
“And this year, my family has a new member [Princess Charlotte] to join in the fun,” she said.
are millions of people lighting candles of hope in our world today.
Christmas is a good time to be thankful for them, and for all that
brings light to our eyes.”

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