As you can see I have been involved in a variety of activities, in the last three weeks.

  • I’ve helped behind the bar in the Downhill Only Ski Club( I’m a member!)

  • I’ve been SNOWLI the children’s fun creature as his (actually it’s a her, a friend of mine!)! “ helper” during a Gluhwein Evening festival attended by hundreds of people in the Main Street of Wengen ;

  • I had a lonely but totally delightful Christmas Day “lunch” break, with coffee and a celebratory glass of Prosecco accompanied by Alpine cheese, sitting outside my favourite café, watching the world go by!

  • I have enjoyed the usual after-service fellowship over coffee with members of the congregation.

  • I have witnessed, and led of course,  the 'annual phenomenon' of a great turnout of an estimated 170 adults and 25 children at St Bernard’s Christmas Eve Carol service, in which I included little children reading the Christmas story (which I was reliably told was an innovation!)

  • I have visited the ice rink and watched a local curling competition, but not for long ,as I don’t understand the rules!

  • I have been surprised to have been presented with a huge hamper from the Tourist office, in respect of the part I played in an open-air ecumenical event on Christmas Day, in the woods set around an open fire, with Gluhwein served to over 120 people who attended!

  • I painted a picture to fill the space where the priceless Crib scene stands under the Communion table;

  • and finally, yesterday, I sat outside in the cold,  and drew a picture of the Jungfrau, a dramatic Alpine scene, which constantly denies my ability to get it exactly right or to fit on the page correctly!!

Otherwise, I’ve had a quiet time, of total constant motion, leaving me very tired, but happy to have achieved something I have never done before …. The Christmas Chaplaincy in Wengen!