‘It doesn’t really matter what I’m given’
Alan Yates, General Assembly Moderator, reflects on what is so special about receiving a gift.
I can remember, from my early childhood, the excitement almost reaching a crescendo when we got to Christmas Eve – only a few hours to wait until we would rip the paper off the presents. After a final mince pie for me, and leaving one for Father Christmas, I would go to bed. But sleep nearly always evaded me. I would hear the front door close as my parents left for midnight mass, leaving me with my two older brothers. I would still be awake when they came home and my father prepared his pre-dawn signature Christmas dish of bacon and eggs; something I was able to benefit from in later years.