Summer is a-cumin in

So it’s officially summer.  That’s good. What’s your favourite season? Let’s see how they measure up: SUMMER. Pro: Occasional warm sunny weather, even in Britain Wimbledon (must revise my mental list of singles winners: those confusing Williams sisters!) Day trips out to nice places Picnics, BBQs etc. Even I can tolerate...

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Christmas books

As we wander round the shopping centres or do the washing-up, favourite Christmas songs and carols come at our ears from all directions. And every family has its Christmas film and TV traditions. What about books? I am not here talking about Advent reflections, which I...

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Advent calendars

In a previous blog post/rant about the busyness of Christmas (http://www.penelopewallace.com/christmas-busy-ness/), I said this: “Most bought Advent calendars are a consumerist tacky nightmare, but that is a completely different rant.” Today I’ve decided to write that rant. This may offend…   What is an Advent calendar? Basically, it’s surely...

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Post-Christmas gratitude

Festive greetings to all. (Warning: high saccharine content) A few days ago, I let rip on the subject of the excessive pressure on people, spiritual and otherwise, of the Christmas season.  Although the season is not over (12 days!) it has peaked, and I am now in...

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Santa Claus is coming to town

Once upon a time there was a bishop called Nicholas.  The legends about him say that he threw money in at a window to fill shoes of poor children.  And the great myth was born. Any country as dreich as Britain at this time of year...

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Christmas busy-ness

Christmas is coming, and I am very busy, so instead of writing a new post I have decided to reproduce a short document I wrote for myself and friends in 2013 about being busy at Christmas.  Apologies to those who have seen this before. The 2013...

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