Last Sunday, Left Bank Leeds was taken over by a merry chaos, as hundreds of people took part in Messy Christmas and Beer and Carols.
It was a wonderful afternoon with a great atmosphere, but something particularly special happened for me during Beer and Carols.
I have always loved singing the old festive favourites, but last week was the first time they have touched my spirit and truly felt like worship.
Perhaps it was the slightly less formal setting that did it, but I was more aware than ever before of just how much theology is packed into those familiar songs, and just how powerful they are as declarations of faith.
Glorious now behold him arise, God and King and Sacrifice
Hail the incarnate deity, pleased as man with man to dwell
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight
As I belted out those words with all the tuneless enthusiasm of a toddler, I was struck again by the beauty and the strangeness of the Christmas story.
A tiny baby who is God made flesh, the epicentre of all of history and humanity, who will live and die and live again to show us the Father’s heart.
However you spend this Christmas Day, may you find a new sense of wonder and worship. Like the best Christmas gifts, it may just take you by surprise.