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

The Small Dog’s Christmas by Sue Vincent

Day 7 Advent 2017

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The Small Dog’s Christmas

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.

“I, O great writer,” I heard the dog quote,
(As she choked on the sarcasm stuck in her throat)
“Am also omnivorous, rather like you,
It is only fair I have something to chew.”
And she sucked in her cheeks, looking all starved and thin,
Knowing only too well that I always give in.

She turned up her nose at a nice Brussels sprout,
(Though she licked off the gravy and pushed it about)
But she seemed to approve of the crisp Yorkshire pud,
‘Cause it went down so fast that it had to be good.
But it wasn’t the grail at the end of her quest,
“Get with it, O writer, and serve up the rest.”

She watched every sliver and morsel I carved
Determined the portions should fairly be halved,
Though her maths are not good and in her mind at least
Means a quarter for me and the rest for the beast.
“I’ll have some of that bacon, a sausage or two,
That should be me sorted… now how about you?”

I turn from the counter to get out my plate…
Realise my mistake… but by then it’s too late,
She’s wolfed down her own and my Boxing Day dinner
Was neatly disposed of and vanished within her!
She is licking her lips as she heads for the table
And dives underneath just as fast as she’s able.

It doesn’t take long though before she comes out
To investigate what the laughter’s about;
Fearing no retribution, she prances with cheek
Having eaten my meals for the rest of the week.
I still had the last of the nice Christmas pud…
“Are you making custard?” says she. “Custard’s good….”

“Now small dog, I ask you, is this really wise?
You won’t be so small in a heavier size.
I have not overeaten this Christmas at all
And I’ve worked off the cake playing fetch with the ball,
You’re not allowed raisins, the custard is mine.”
The small dog just laughed and said, “Have some more wine.”

“Now let me explain,” she said, “O writer dear;
It’s all about sharing at this time of year.
We’ve just shared the turkey,” (I said not a word),
“And given a good resting place to the bird.
If you don’t share custard, I’ll really be hurt,”
She grinned and continued, “Call it ‘just dessert’.”

And so we had custard the small dog and I,
And she had the top off the final mince pie
Then she made puppy eyes, and I answered her pleas
To finish her meal with a morsel of cheese.
And then I got cuddles, so how can I moan?
It’s better to share than be dining alone.

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Advent Calendar Overview

Advent Calendar Overview

Advent CalendarFor the first 24 days of December 2015, my blog was turned into a multi-contributor Advent Calendar. It was definitely something fun, even though I realised that doing such a dense series takes a lot of time. I actually did far less writing than I had thought, and I read less blogs than I normally do. Still, it was great! I learnt a lot of things about how to be a host blogger, how to set deadlines, formulate guidelines and find my way around twitter (watch out for my very own twitter tutorial coming in 2016…). What a pleasant surprise that none of the participants were like students, if they were late it was for a good reason, and it was rare that things arrived late.

Many bloggers, who I see as pros out there, were still worried that their piece was too long, too short, or not what I was looking for. What does this tell me, I who have done a mere 2 guest posts so far, that however long we have been doing this, we are very similar.

Now, I try to thank these 21 guests as much as I can, but I feel that I cannot do them justice. It was amazing to have 21! people participate in the advent calendar.

87,5% of the Advent Calendar posts were by guest. As for gender equality, of those 21 guests 3 were male, that means 14,3%, so not all that equal. 4 continents were represented, but more than 4 were mentioned in the posts. As for the age span, I don’t really know all of the ages, I myself am 27 and don’t boast about it… I have the feeling we went from 21 (almost 22) to about 60, correct me if I am wrong! Two of the guests celebrated their birthdays on the 24th and the 25th, do you know who they are?

With this post, I want to thank all of the participants of the advent calendar. I want to thank everyone who read, liked, and commented on the posts. I want to thank everyone who shared posts of it on social media and their own blogs. I want to thank everyone in advance for coming back and reading the posts.

To make the reading and coming back to the calendar easier, you can find links to all 24 posts here:

Day 1: Opening the First Door by Solveig Werner
Day 2: My First Christmas at the Age of 31 by Doctor Gulara Vincent
Day 3: Oh, Christmas Tree by Melanie Noell Bernard
Day 4: Cherry Blossoms and Snowflakes by Solveig Werner
Day 5: My First Christmas in California by Evelyne Holingue
Day 6: Nikolaus I Still Believe! by Solveig Werner
Day 7: A Christmas Kodak Moment by Tara Paray
Day 8: The Gift of Reading by Anabel Marsh
Day 9: Christmas Memories of Rome by Judith Works
Day 10: Christmas Traditions by Diana Gordon
Day 11: The Christmas Storm by Trent McDonald
Day 12: The Legendary Magic of the Poinsettia by Corina Carrasco
Day 13: Christmas in Zimbabwe by Beaton
Day 14: A Whirlwind by Camille de Fleurville
Day 15: Christmas: The Perfect Excuse For A Fight? by Lucy Brazier
Day 16: A Collage of Christmas Memories by S.D. Gates
Day 17: A Stinking Hot, Australian Christmas by Rowena Newton
Day 18: Christmas Music with Kate Edwards
Day 19: Holidays are: Food and Family by Robin Rivera
Day 20: One Tradition After Another by Kerry K
Day 21: The Advent Calendar by Geoff Le Pard
Day 22: Moments in Time by Melissa Barker-Simpson
Day 23: Tom Bowcock’s Eve by Rosie Reast
Day 24: A German Christmas by Solveig Werner

Thank you! Have fun reading!


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