Friday, 22 January 2021


These are photographs of some embroidery I have done at the craft workshop in Camphill Milton Keynes. I have done a butterfly, a rose, an angel and a dove. Embroidery is the craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn.

Alex Fox

Friday, 8 January 2021

The Wise Men

The biblical Magi, also referred to as the (Three) Wise Men or (Three) Kings, were distinguished foreigners in the Gospel of Matthew and Christian tradition. They are said to have visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They are regular figures in traditional accounts of the nativity celebrations of Christmas and are an important part of Christian tradition.

Matthew is the only one of the four canonical gospels to mention the Magi. Matthew reports that they came "from the east" to worship the "king of the Jews". The Gospel never mentions the number of Magi, but most western Christian denominations have traditionally assumed them to have been three in number, based on the statement that they brought three gifts. In Eastern Christianity, especially the Syriac churches, the Magi often number twelve. Their identification as kings in later Christian writings is probably linked to Isaiah 60:1-6, which refers to "kings [coming] to the brightness of your dawn" bearing "gold and frankincense". Further identification of the magi with kings may be due to Psalm 72:11, "May all kings fall down before him".

Alex Fox

Friday, 1 January 2021

Christmas lunch in Willowwood

Christmas lunch is a meal traditionally eaten at Christmas. This meal can take place any time from the day of Christmas Eve to the day of Christmas Day itself. The meals are often particulary rich and substantial, in the tradition of the Christian feast day celebration, and forms a significant part of gatherings held to celebrate the arrival of Christmastide. In many cases, there is a ritual element to the meal related to the religious celebration, such as the praying of grace.

The actual meal consumed varies in different parts of the world with the regional cuisines and local traditions. In many parts of the world, particularly former British colonies, the meal shares some connection with the English Christmas dinner involving roasted meats and pudding of some description. The Christmas pudding and Christmas cake evolved from this tradition.

Alex Fox

Friday, 18 December 2020

Christmas lights in Milton Keynes

These are photographs of some of the many Christmas lights around Milton Keynes.

Christmas lights (also known as fairy lights, festive lights or string lights) are lights often used for decoration in celebration of Christmas, often on display throughout the Christmas season including Advent and Christmastide. The custom goes back to when Christmas trees were decorated with candles, which symbolised Christ being the light of the world. This custom was borrowed from pagan yule rituals that celebrate the return of the light of the sun as the days grow longer after solstice: the evergreen trees symbolising the renewal and continuance of life in dark times. The Christmas trees were brought by Christians into their homes in early modern Germany.

Alex Fox

Friday, 11 December 2020

More embroidery

These are a couple of photographs of some more embroidery that I have done. One of a fish and another butterfly.

Embroidery is the method used for decorating fabrics with a needle and a thread.

Alex Fox

Friday, 4 December 2020

Christmas Decorations

These are photographs of just some of the many Christmas decorations put up in the houses of Camphill Milton Keynes.

Christmas decorations can be of any of several types of ornamentation used at Christmastime and the greater holiday season. The traditional colours of Christmas are pine green (evergreen), snow white, and heart red. Blue, pink, and white are often used to represent winter, or sometimes Hanukkah, which occurs around the same time. Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. It is also known as the Festival of Lights. Gold and silver colours are also very common, as are other metallic  colours. Typical images on Christmas decorations include Baby Jesus, Father Christmas, Santa Claus and the star of Bethlehem.

Alex Fox