On Christmas Eve, Canterbury Cathedral (@No1Cathedral) will join the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (@ABCJustin and @lambethpalace), and the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu (@johnsentamu) and use the hashtag #Christmasmeans in order to spread the message of the real meaning of Christmas.
Congregations and clergy in the 12,000 parishes of the Church of England are being encouraged on Christmas Eve and Chrsitmas Day to get out their mobile devices and finish the sentence: Christmas means. The purpose of the 2013 Christmas Twitter campaign is to let as many people as is possible know the joy and meaning of Christmas.
#Christmasmeans follows on from last year’s successful #ChristmasstartswithChrist campaign which reached more than 9 million people in 24 hours. During a 12 hour period from midnight on Christmas Eve through to lunch time on Christmas Day over 9,000 tweets were sent using the hashtag.
We are delighted that #Christmasmeans gives us this opportunity for parishes to take the good news of the first Christmas beyond churches and into people’s lives and homes. Whilst for some people, Christmas means the John Lewis Advert, the Harrods window or crippling debt, around the country on Christmas Day #Christmasmeans hymns, cribs, nativity and most of all joy.
Revd Arun Arora (@RevArun), Director of Communications at the Archbishops’ Council.
The hashtag #Christmasmeans goes live on Christmas Eve. Tweets can be expected from carol, crib and midnight Services, before carrying on into Christmas morning Services.
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