On December 11th 1992, a film was released in the US that wasn’t expected to do too well, just get a tidy sum from parents treating children to an afternoon at the cinema around Christmas. Reviews were mostly positive, some said there was too much talking for a children’s movie, others that the songs were clunky and tuneless. I’m with Anthony McGlynn of Screen Rant, who called The … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Jacob and Robert Marley Make My Day.
The Church of England have a great little prayer at the end of Evening Prayer, or Compline, that I remember listening to as a teenager each Sunday. I have to come clean here and say that as a teenager, my listening channel of choice was BBC Radio Four. I love voices, and listening to interesting programmes on a wide variety of things. Radio 4 introduced … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Lights in the Darkness
Yes! and the bedpost was his own. The bed was his own, the room was his own. Best and happiest of all, the time before him was his own, to make amends in! “I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!” Scrooge repeated, as he scrambled out of bed. “The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. Oh Jacob Marley! Heaven, … Continue reading A Christmas Carol Part 10: It’s never too late.
At last the dinner was all done, the cloth was cleared, the hearth swept, and the fire made up. The compound in the jug being tasted, and considered perfect, apples and oranges were put upon the table, and a shovel-full of chesnuts on the fire. Then all the Cratchit family drew round the hearth, in what Bob Cratchit called a circle, meaning half a one; … Continue reading A Christmas carol Part 9: Family Means Nobody Left Behind
There was nothing very cheerful in the climate or the town, and yet was there an air of cheerfulness abroad that the clearest summer air and brightest summer sun might have endeavoured to diffuse in vain. For the people who were shovelling away on the housetops were jovial and full of glee; calling out to one another from the parapets, and now and then exchanging … Continue reading A Christmas Carol Part 8; The World is ready to smile, it just takes one person to set it off.
It was his own room. There was no doubt about that. But it had undergone a surprising transformation. The walls and ceiling were so hung with living green, that it looked a perfect grove; from every part of which, bright gleaming berries glistened. The crisp leaves of holly, mistletoe, and ivy reflected back the light, as if so many little mirrors had been scattered there; … Continue reading A Christmas Carol Part 7; Food is hygge, abundance is hygge: but it’s got to be used right.
But now a knocking at the door was heard, and such a rush immediately ensued that she with laughing face and plundered dress was borne towards it the centre of a flushed and boisterous group, just in time to greet the father, who came home attended by a man laden with Christmas toys and presents. Then the shouting and the struggling, and the onslaught that … Continue reading A Christmas carol Part 6; Family Is Hygge
There were more dances, and there were forfeits, and more dances, and there was cake, and there was negus, and there was a great piece of Cold Roast, and there was a great piece of Cold Boiled, and there were mince-pies, and plenty of beer. But the great effect of the evening came after the Roast and Boiled, when the fiddler (an artful dog, mind! … Continue reading A Christmas carol Part 5; Christmas Parties are Hygge