We give grateful thanks at this time for all the creative outpouring from people who are helping us celebrate the holiday at home. If you are understandably sad not to be welcoming people over for Christmas dinner, take heart - perhaps the time you would have spent washing dishes can instead go to immersing yourself in one of these heartwarming online offerings.
We will keep adding suggestions to the list as more come to our attention.
- Enjoy familiar faces in this traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, available here. All North Vancouver Anglican and Lutheran churches took part. Thank you to the Jangs and to Sally for representing St. Clement's! The bulletin is here.
- For the national experience, tune into Lessons and Carols from Coast to Coast to Coast, presented by the Anglican Church of Canada's cathedral communities. Everything you need is right here.
- The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra accompanies Christopher Gaze who does (of course!) a marvellous fireside reading of A Christmas Carol. Have a listen!
- You may have read about this ambitious offering of Handel's Messiah. From the website of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra:
The daring, 70-minute performance of Messiah/Complex, filmed against iconic Canadian landscapes, will showcase multilingual translations, and feature a diverse cast of soloists and choirs representing every province and territory across Canada, accompanied by the exceptional sounds of the TSO and conducted by Johannes Debus (Canadian Opera Company).
It is available for viewing until January 7, so don't miss your chance! One must register for tickets; they are free but a donation is appreciated. Please click here.
- Canturbury Cathedral offers A Canterbury Christmas: Favourite Carols and Readings. Wonderful readings from scripture along with Christmas classics from literature, interspersed with some of your favourite Christmas music.
- This is the year you can enjoy a real British panto performance from the comfort of home, thanks to English theatre companies who have kindly offered up recordings of their last year's performances. Click here for Beauty and the Beast, filmed live at the Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre, and click here for Aladdin, filmed at The Roses theatre.
These online opportunities won't be available indefinitely, so try to make the most of them while they are here!