The Small Dog’s Christmas by Sue Vincent – Day 7 Advent 2017

If the dog had more turkey that Christmas than me
Then that, she informs me, is how it should be;
While I can have chocolate, mince pies and cake,
(And any more naughtiness that I can bake)
She’s not allowed half the best of the stuff,
Which, as a deal, she considers quite tough. Continue reading The Small Dog’s Christmas by Sue Vincent – Day 7 Advent 2017

Advent Calendar Day 24: A German Christmas

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A German Christmas

Danzig Christmas Tree 2009
Christmas Tree in Danzig, Poland 2009

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 for the 24th of December, or Heiligabend (Holy Evening).
The 24th of December starts with the opening of the last bag, window or door of the advent calendar. Because Christmas is almost here! Actually celebrations happen on the 24th rather than on the 25th. Today things are different for many Children in Germany, because most will be banned from the living room for most of the day.
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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 to bring back food or die trying. He left in … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 23: Tom Bowcock’s Eve by Rosie Reast

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

22nd day of Christmas

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. Tell me about this one.”

 He had shared the story many times, and his little girl never tired of hearing it. Still, when Dominic’s eyes hit the ornament, he remembered the day he received it so clearly, it became a looking glass to the past.

Dominic watched from beneath his shelter, as Indigo climbed from the old, silver Volvo. She had parked so close to the curb he’d heard the squeak of rubber against cement. He didn’t know her, had never spoken to her. She was Indigo because of her eyes; a blue so dark and piercing the first time he’d seen her, he forgot about his cold, damp clothes and wondered about the sadness he saw. Continue reading “Advent Calendar Day 22: Moments in Time by Melissa Barker-Simpson”