Our campus Carols by Candlelight service took place last night. It's always a bit weird celebrating Christmas just after Advent has got underway (ecclesiastically at least) but we have to get it inside term-time. We used some video and projected images this year to accompany the themes of the readings and carols, which was a first, and it seemed to flow together well.
It was a good crowd - over 150, which is about the highest attendance in my time here. People were also forthcoming with food donations and also with money for the local nightshelter, which was encouraging.
One odd thing happened at the end. To wish everyone a happy Christmas we had a 'collection in reverse' with plates full of chocolate coins. We invited everyone to take one as they left chapel. At this point I should explain that due to our limited budget, we got a job lot from Aldi, and so they happened to be chocolate Euros (Aldi being German). Apparently one person brought her coin back, asking for one in sterling instead, and when it was explained they were all the same, she put her coin back and went without one.
We obviously have some Eurosceptic clientèle!