Ilkeston - Christmas Scenes
w/e 19 December 2004
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490


Latin American rhythms rang around Bath Street, East Street and the Lower Market Place on a bright and sunny day last week and brought an additional touch of sunshine to the Christmas shoppers. With tunes like "Guantanamera" it was hardly your traditional Christmas music but very welcome nonetheless.
Food and Drink

In a lengthy preamble to last week's page of Shop Windows I noted that many organisations in the UK have, in short, banned Christmas activities on their premises. This could not be further from the truth though in at least one local bank where customers were invited to share a drink and a mince pie.
Market Place

Ilkeston's Market Place looks very festive with coloured bulbs and floodlights decorating not only the buildings but also the trees that are permanent fixtures there. In addition two temporary Christmas trees have been placed at opposite corners of the Market and these too, are brightly lit.
 Dale Street

But it's not just the public buildings in town that have been lit up as many darker side streets have been brightened by the addition of flashing lights and and inflatable snowmen and Santas on private dwellings. Dale Street is typical of many streets throughout Ilkeston that have been decorated in a festive manner.
In St Mary's Church

Interiors too have been decorated in preparation for the 25th and St Mary's Church is no exception where Advent candles burn in front of the the garlanded pulpit. A Christmas tree stands at the back of the church and there is also a Nativity scene as well as many floral displays.
The Nativity

And it's not just in church that Nativity scenes are to be found. This cute set was one of several on sale at a local garden centre and it is perhaps a fitting final image to this selection. After all, among all the commercialisation, the decorations, the music, the lights, the food and drink we should first and foremost remember that what we are in fact celebrating, is the birth of a child some 2000 years ago.
"In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) So Joseph went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in clothes and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." - from Luke's Gospel.
".... And he (Joseph) gave him the name Jesus." - Matthew 1:25

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