Christmas Spirit Rediscovered by D.E. Haggerty | Day 20 | Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar 2016

Day 20 | Advent Calendar

Christmas Spirit Rediscovered by D.E. Haggerty

Like nearly everyone, I loved Christmas as a child. The presents! All the fun playing with my cousins. And the food! Oh yes, the food. But somewhere, somehow, Christmas lost its glamour. One year, I even wrote a long and horrible poem about the lack of joy at Christmas and then posted the poem on the Christmas menus. Total bah humbug moment that. But then I spent the actual Christmas days with my American family last year for the first time in more than a decade. Besides giving me a hangover of mammoth proportions, I think I just might have rediscovered my Christmas spirit.   Continue reading “Christmas Spirit Rediscovered by D.E. Haggerty | Day 20 | Advent Calendar”

Once upon a time, in a dark wood by M.L. Kappa | Day 19 | Advent Calendar 2016

Advent Calendar 2016

Day 19 | Advent Calendar

Once upon a time, in a dark wood by M.L.Kappa

Little Red fumbled at the door latch with clammy hands. It seemed stuck. Behind her she could hear panting as her grandmother struggled with the heavy blankets. She’d always hated the bristly old thing, who had doggy breath and long fingernails like claws, but she’d never felt afraid of her before. What the hell was happening? Continue reading “Once upon a time, in a dark wood by M.L. Kappa | Day 19 | Advent Calendar 2016”

Some more Christmas Spirit! | The Sundays of Advent | Day 18 | Advent Calendar

4th Sunday of Advent | Day 18 | The Advent Calendar Some more Christmas Spirit! If the 5 posts that were published so far for the very special Sunday of Advent weren’t enough Christmas spirit. Then you might want to check out the following links. Overview of last year’s Calendar –  24 Christmas posts by numerous bloggers as well as myself 25 Days of Christmas … Continue reading Some more Christmas Spirit! | The Sundays of Advent | Day 18 | Advent Calendar

Christmas Lights by Lucy Brazier | The Sundays of Advent | Day 18 | Advent Calendar 2016

Advent Calendar 2016

4th Sunday of Advent | Day 18 | Advent Calendar

Today is a special day for this Advent Calendar, instead of having two guests the calendar will be home to many contributions, by contributors who have been part of this year’s calendar or will be part of it in the coming week.

Christmas Lights by Lucy Brazier

Christmas had always been a funny time of year for Mary. As a child, she loved it, even
though the weeks of endless anticipation agonised her. The tree at her grandparents’
house seemed to her the biggest in the land and she struggled to imagine a grander meal
anywhere than her Nanna’s Christmas dinner. Her mother and uncles would dance, while
her auntie’s dog slept by the fire. Once, she had even been cast as her namesake in her
school nativity play, a source of great pride at the time. A golden time.
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Cherished by Sarah Brentyn | The Sundays of Advent | Day 18 | Advent Calendar 2016

Advent Calendar 2016

4th Sunday of Advent | Day 18 | Advent Calendar

Today is a special day for this Advent Calendar, instead of having two guests the calendar will be home to many contributions, by contributors who have been part of this year’s calendar or will be part of it in the coming week.

Cherished by Sarah Brentyn

Soft fur. Pristine caramel-colored puppy.

Black button eyes, fluffy paws, perfectly embroidered mouth. Lifted from a shiny red box with silver snowflakes. New. Untouched. Unloved.

Matted fur. Dingy dark brown dog.  Continue reading “Cherished by Sarah Brentyn | The Sundays of Advent | Day 18 | Advent Calendar 2016”