Advent Calendar Day 24: A German Christmas

A German Christmas Most of my blog’s readers know this, I am German, but grew up in Germany the US and France. Still Christmas stayed a completely German affair. Not all parts of Germany are very Christmassy, nor are all Germans Christians. Still Christmas is important. Today, I want to share some of my traditions … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 24: A German Christmas

Advent Calendar Day 23: Tom Bowcock’s Eve by Rosie Reast

Tom Bowcock’s Eve by Rosie Reast Many years ago the small fishing village of Mousehole in Cornwall was starving. Constant winter storms made it impossible for the fishermen to go out and catch the fish the village depended on. One winter morning just before Christmas, Tom Bowcock an experienced fisherman, decided to brave the storms … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 23: Tom Bowcock’s Eve by Rosie Reast

Advent Calendar Day 22: Moments in Time by Melissa Barker-Simpson

Moments in Time by Melissa Barker-Simpson The lights twinkled prettily on the tree, catching Wendy’s attention. She loved to hang the decorations, but more she loved to spend time with her daddy, and this was their time. A time when he told her stories that were full of Christmas magic.  “What about this one, daddy. … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 22: Moments in Time by Melissa Barker-Simpson

Advent Calendar Day 21: The Advent Calendar by Geoff Le Pard

The Advent Calendar by Geoff Le Pard  ‘What is it, Mum?’ Emily Smith, 14 looked up from her book. Gilly, her mother said, ‘A parcel from Uncle Augustus. What’s he say? Dear Both. I’m so sorry to miss you this Christmas but I found this antique Advent Calendar in a strange little shop in Greater … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 21: The Advent Calendar by Geoff Le Pard

Advent Calendar Day 20: One Tradition After Another by Kerry K

One Tradition After Another by Kerry K December was always one full month of delicious food, seasonal scents, jingle bells, and sparkle. All month long, one tradition after another, each one better than the last. My younger brother and I were born blind, the two youngest in a family of four. The surfaces  of the … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 20: One Tradition After Another by Kerry K

Advent Calendar Day 19: Holidays are: food and family by Robin Rivera

Holidays are: food and family by Robin Rivera My paternal grandmother made her own tortillas everyday. Although she died of breast cancer when I was only nine, the thing I remember best is her cooking, she kept us well-fed. But it wasn’t always that way, my father told stories about all the nights he went … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 19: Holidays are: food and family by Robin Rivera

Advent Calendar Day 18: Christmas Music with Kate Edwards

Christmas Music with Kate Edwards This is 'Lonely This Christmas', a song originally written and performed by the British band Mud in 1974. It was Christmas Number One at the time and is a very popular Christmas song still.  I am a member of an experimental pop band in the North East of England called … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 18: Christmas Music with Kate Edwards

Advent Calendar Day 17: A Stinking Hot, Australian Christmas by Rowena Newton

A Stinking Hot, Australian Christmas by Rowena Newton If you’re someone who insists on a white Christmas and needs a hot roast with your boiling hot Plum Pudding, perhaps you’d better visit someone else for Christmas lunch. However, if you’re feeling game, you’re invited to celebrate a true-blue Aussie Christmas with us. We’ll be celebrating Christmas … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 17: A Stinking Hot, Australian Christmas by Rowena Newton