Christmas of Hope 2020: Start Planning for Next Year

I’m not planning to post anything between Christmas and New Year (Twixmas or Romjul, if you prefer) except perhaps a catch up post, so this post is really a sort of forward planning post, looking at what I intend to do next week and what I’m planning to start off with next year. I have some questions I need answering by any readers out there, … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Start Planning for Next Year

Christmas of Hope 2020: Start With a Clean Slate

Happy Birthday to Beethoven! 250 years old today, and still looking absolutely fabulous on it! Today’s post is focusing on boosting your physical environment ready for Christmas. Today and tomorrow are just long enough away from Christmas itself to not yet have you completely in the holiday spirit and close enough that a darn good clean now will see you through until post-Christmas, when a … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Start With a Clean Slate

Christmas of Hope 2020: Reach out to an absent friend.

2020 has been the year of the zoom call or the phone, hasn’t it? From schools to work to hospitals to almost any branch of industry, commerce or business you care to mention we have been stuck on phone calls for ages, it seems. From 1876 and his first command of ‘Mr Watson, come here. I want to see you’, the invention of Alexander Graham … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Reach out to an absent friend.

Christmas of Hope 2020: Take a Bon Jovi Moment.

We’re half way there, and definitely living on a prayer this year. Today it’s Monday, and in my childhood was traditionally the day we were allowed to start thinking of Christmas because my younger brother had the misfortune to be born in December (My three brothers organised life well: Eldest born in October, Second in November, Youngest in December. It was like a ready made … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Take a Bon Jovi Moment.

Christmas of Hope 2020: Missing the Markets!!!

Christmas is a season built on traditions: we always put the tree in this spot, we have this meal on this day and go to this event on such and such an evening. I’ve been looking through my old diaries and, yes, the same events come up again and again. There’s always a Liverpool Lawyers Carol Service on the Monday before Christmas, a day out … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Missing the Markets!!!

Christmas of Hope 2020: Laugh Well

Have you ever had one of those absolute moments of laughter when you lose control of your body? Shoulders shaking, sides aching, head thrown back, tears streaming from your eyes, absolute release of every energy in your body moments of laughter? They happen so rarely in our lives, and are so precious when they do. Laughter acts as a perfect release for so many emotions: … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Laugh Well

Christmas of Hope 2020: Sleep Well

Sleeping well must be one of the most severely undervalued gifts a person can have. It’s not til you spend a few nights tossing and turning unable to sleep, or waking in a sweat with a panicked dream and then lying worrying that you realise how valuable that eight or seven or six hours a night is. And it is scary how often one sleepless … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Sleep Well

Christmas of Hope 2020: Eat well Over the Holidays

Christmas is synonymous with feasting, eating well, overindulging. The rich food of Christmas accompanied by the alcohol and sweet drinks that sum up Christmas to many add up to a recipe for indigestion and heartburn. In the olden days, of course, this feasting was necessary: a way to make use of the lifestock that needed to be removed to preserve enough winter fodder for the … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Eat well Over the Holidays