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

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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 Petching and thought of you. The man said it’s already full of surprises.’

In moments they were staring at a dark wooden box, two foot square and six inches deep. On one side there were 24 little knobs in 3 rows of 8 but none moved. Gilly left Emily trying to work out how it opened. Continue reading “Advent Calendar Day 21: The Advent Calendar by Geoff Le Pard”

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

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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 chocolate advent calendars our grandparents would buy us were smooth and indistinguishable for the two of us, until my mother would open up each door and punch the braille dots necessary to label every day’s number to follow along. The red and green construction paper linked Christmas chain my brother had hanging up in his room was colourless to him, but I loved the pattern and my favourite holiday bright red, counting the days. 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

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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 to bed hungry as a child. It must have killed my grandmother not to be able to feed her children. Maybe that was way she felt so committed to feeding her grandkids and to making everything we ate from scratch. 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 Brilliant Mind. A few years ago, Brilliant Mind did a … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 18: Christmas Music with Kate Edwards

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

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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 in Sydney and regardless of the forecast, it’s going to be an absolute scorcher. That means, that unless you find yourself a good tube of zinc cream, you’ll be out there pulling Santa’s sleigh alongside Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Continue reading “Advent Calendar Day 17: A Stinking Hot, Australian Christmas by Rowena Newton”