Advent Calendar Day 16: A Collage of Christmas Memories by S.D. Gates

A Collage of Christmas Memories by SD Gates The Holiday season for me is a like a collage of memories, all with different traditions. When asked to write this post by my friend Solveig, I had to dig deep into the recesses of my mind uncover the memories of my Christmases past. I suspect if … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 16: A Collage of Christmas Memories by S.D. Gates

Advent Calendar Day 15: Christmas: The Perfect Excuse For A Fight? by Lucy Brazier

Christmas: The Perfect Excuse For A Fight? by Lucy Brazier It seems to me that for a time of year supposedly celebrating peace on earth, Christmas is remarkably conducive to conflict. Families that haven’t spoken all year are thrown together for the annual exercise of teeth-gritting and tongue-biting. The disagreements over ‘tradition’ – are sprouts a … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 15: Christmas: The Perfect Excuse For A Fight? by Lucy Brazier

Advent Calendar Day 14: A Whirlwind by Camille de Fleurville

A Whirlwind by Camille de Fleurville A whirlwind. A turmoil. Laughs and plays. Whispered secrets. Doors quickly shut with a swish and a smile. Christmas has always been a time of waiting and of joy. A time of recollection as well. A time of night that slowly rises into dawn, from dark blue through purple, … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 14: A Whirlwind by Camille de Fleurville

Advent Calendar Day 13: Christmas in Zimbabwe by Beaton

Christmas in Zimbabwe by Beaton I know it’s Christmas when I walk down First Street and the Christmas lights are strung up and lit. On the official switching on ceremony there is a carol by candlelight night, a night of Christmas carols. I know it’s Christmas time when the Africa Unity Square Park is full … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 13: Christmas in Zimbabwe by Beaton

Advent Calendar Day 12: The Legendary Magic of the Poinsettia by Corina Carrasco

The Legendary Magic of the Poinsettia by Corina Carrasco When I was growing up, I was the one who helped my mother do the everyday correspondence, even though I was the fifth of seven kids.  I remember being in second grade and being the one that filled out and addressed the Christmas cards for my mom every … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 12: The Legendary Magic of the Poinsettia by Corina Carrasco

Advent Calendar Day 11: The Christmas Storm by Trent McDonald

The Christmas Storm by Trent McDonald The wind whistled through the window radiating a bone chilling cold into the room. Caelan Campbell didn’t care and pushed the curtains aside to try to get a look down to the cove. He could make out very little through the frosted window beyond the slashes of snow, but … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 11: The Christmas Storm by Trent McDonald

Advent Calendar Day 10: Christmas Traditions by Diana Gordon

Christmas Traditions by Diana Gordon My only siblings are far older than I—my oldest brother is a full 12 years older than I, while my other brother is 8 years older than I—and had stopped believing in Santa Clause by the time I was born, but they played along with great effect. It was only … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 10: Christmas Traditions by Diana Gordon

Advent Calendar Day 9: Christmas Memories of Rome by Judith Works

Christmas Memories of Rome by Judith Works This time of year I often pause to remember the many Christmases in Rome my husband and I enjoyed. Our favorite sight was the delightful Christmas market filling the spacious Piazza Navona with toys, candy and figures of a wizened old granny, la befana, who flies through the … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 9: Christmas Memories of Rome by Judith Works

Advent Calendar Day 8: The Gift of Reading by Anabel Marsh

The gift of reading by Anabel Marsh Reading is the greatest gift - it opens up so many new worlds. It’s not just the obvious benefits of functional literacy: stories have the power to bring emotions to life, by helping children to understand their own feelings and those of others. In other words, reading builds … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 8: The Gift of Reading by Anabel Marsh

Advent Calendar Day 7: A Christmas Kodak Moment By Tara Paray

A Christmas Kodak Moment By Tara Paray Ever have a Christmas ugly cry? I have, and, yay for me, it was caught on camera! Picture it: sometime in the 80s. Cabbage Patch Kids are all the rage, and that means they can’t be found anywhere! Once a toy store got them in stock, they were gone … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 7: A Christmas Kodak Moment By Tara Paray