Book Friday: The All-Year-Round Christmas Handbook by Tiffany Wood

The All-Year-Round Christmas Handbook by Tiffany Wood is a strange choice for a September book, perhaps… but Tiffany is a great believer, as I am, in planning and preparing ahead for Christmas, having it all wrapped up shopping and sourcing-wise by the end of November so that December itself is a month of enjoyment and that the organising of Christmas can be spread over the … Continue reading Book Friday: The All-Year-Round Christmas Handbook by Tiffany Wood

Call off Christmas? Never!

It’s September, we’ve been in the grip of Covid-19 since late February/March, Locked down, holiday free and WAH if we can, or socially distanced in offices and workplaces across the land and always with the hope of a proper Christmas at the end. In the UK yesterday (9th September) the Rule of Six was introduced. Only six members of two households can meet together inside … Continue reading Call off Christmas? Never!

All is Calm, All is Bright: Love

For a Christian, the most wonderful thing about Christmas is the idea that God so loved the world that he sent his son to work wonders on it, to save us from ourselves, and to bring us back into a relationship with God himself. To me, that seems a crazy amount of love. And that he chose to send Jesus as a little, helpless baby … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Love

All is Calm, All is Bright: Miracles

miracle /ˈmɪrək(ə)l/ noun plural noun: miracles an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency. “the miracle of rising from the grave” synonyms: supernatural phenomenon, mystery, prodigy, sign “his first miracle was to turn water into wine” a remarkable event or development that brings very welcome consequences. “it was a miracle that more people hadn’t been … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Miracles

All is Calm, All is Bright: Waiting

I am not the world’s best at waiting. I don’t hold secrets well, and when I was younger used to drive my brothers wild by taunting them. A lot like the Ghost of Christmas Present in Scrooged. I’m so glad I wore my pretty dress. But these last few days before Christmas, especially for me and anyone else who started and finished organising early, are … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Waiting

All is Calm, All is Bright: Dream

Dreams can come true: A dream is a wish your heart makes: Dream on. Dreams are powerful things. Several inventors have cited dreams as the original inspiration for their inventions, including the sewing machine and Google. Film makers, in particular, have a penchant for making their dreams reality, with both Inception and Terminator being credited to bad dreams. Having your dreams come to life sounds … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Dream

Keeping the Political/Opinion-Powered Peace This Christmas

***Warning: Not everything in this post should be taken seriously. There may be some jokes and, if you are easily offended, you should consider whether to read it or not*** Christmas is a minefield for those of us with families who have completely different political opinions. I’m guessing that’s true for any part of the world: there will always be a difference of opinion that … Continue reading Keeping the Political/Opinion-Powered Peace This Christmas