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One in 5 children thinks Jesus plays for Chelsea
AMAZING - £50.000 FOR THE NSPCC
'Firefighters bring a little Christmas spirit'
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The meaning of Christmas is increasingly lost on kids with one in five believing Jesus plays for Chelsea.
And a quarter of tech-mad modern kids think the shepherds found the infant Jesus in his manger thanks to Google maps according to a survey. One in four also thinks the Virgin Birth took place in a church and one in 10 believe Rudolph the Reindeer was there, says the study of 5 to 12-year-olds.
And more than half believe Christmas day marks Santa Claus's birthday which is why they get presents.
Get your kids to watch this video, 'Christmas - The Story' and listen very carefully to that very special day, 2014 years ago.
HOME COMING PARADE IN THE PRESENCE OF HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES - THE REGIMENT EXERCISED ITS RIGHT TO MARCH THROUGH THE STREETS OF SWANSEA CITY.
Ali admitted to hospital
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service firefighters brought a little Christmas spirit to Oxford Street in Swansea on Friday in the name of 'EVE' thats the one week old foal which Swansea shoppers, especialy the kids were queueing to touch and stroke him. Agnus the dad was there to make sure 'Eve' behaved herself. The firefighters were in Oxford Street to raise funds for the Firefighters Charity which supports and helps injured members and their families of the fire and rescue community who put their lives on the line every day to save others.
Firefighters L-r Jim Lewis, Bev Merryfield, Andrew Whelan, Stuart Taylor, Lee Morley, Darren Powis and Richie Morris,
"Hello, Santa Clause here, these are some of the people who brought a smile and a bit of cheer to Oxford Street, Swansea on Saturday."
The Staro Band
BID Victorian Dress
BID Victorian Dress
The Samba Tawe Band
Muhammad Ali has been admitted to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia. The 72-year-old, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, was taken to an undisclosed location on Saturday morning, but is expected to be released in a few days, say his representatives Boxcar. "Ali is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition," the statement read. "He was admitted earlier this (Saturday) morning and because the pneumonia was caught early, his prognosis is good with a short hospital stay expected. "At this time, the Muhammad Ali family respectfully requests privacy." Ali, considered by many to be the greatest boxer of all time, retired from the sport in 1981 and has suffered with Parkinson's since the mid-1980s.
Drunks, streakers and elderly churchgoers calling time on Midnight Mass
Christmas Midnight Mass is in decline due to “sloshed” drinkers and streakers, according to a survey. In the survey of priests at more than 50 deaneries – groups of parishes - research also revealed that some churches now hold Christmas Eve Mass as early as 5pm to cater for their ageing congregations. But late night drinking is seen as the biggest challenge to the traditional festive occasion. “Last time we had it, we ended up with a drunk trying to get the doors off the church,” Monsignor David Hogan of St Bernadette’s, in Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, told Catholic magazine The Tablet. “So we’ve made the decision not to have Mass when people are pouring out of the pubs sloshed.” Meanwhile, Canon Peter Turbitt, revealed an incident at St Michael and All Angels in Havant, Hampshire, when drunks attacked the church. “It is not nice being showered with bricks by drunken yobbos when you’re trying to pray,” Turbitt told the magazine. However it is not just this kind of debauchery which has raised concerns. Canon Alan Sheridan, of St George’s in York, opted to bring his ‘Midnight’ Mass forward to 8pm after a streaker ran riot. Such incidents have even led to churches hiring bouncers to maintain order during the service, according to the report. A declining number of priests are also said to be putting paid to the custom of Midnight Mass around the country.
Two thieves targeted an elderly couple and stole £700 in cash intended for Christmas presents from them. The CCTV video right shows the shocking moment one of the cruel pair asked the husband for directions while his accomplice lurked in the background waiting to steal the wife’s wallet from her handbag in the boot of their car. West Midlands Police have released the footage of the incident, which took place in Thamley Road, Coventry on Tuesday, November 25, in a bid to identify the men. Detective Sergeant Dave Faries said: “This was a well-planned theft in which the suspects coldly and deliberately targeted the elderly couple.
Anyone who knows the identity of the men in the CCTV can call police on 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Heartless thieves caught on camera stealing Christmas cash from elderly couple