? | Day 10 | Advent Calendar 2016

Day 10 | Advent Calendar Today was meant to be for a guest, someone had come forward and asked that I reserve the 10th of December in the Calendar for their contribution. Sadly the contribution has not arrived. Thus I am improvising and providing a link to one of the Advent Posts I wrote for … Continue reading ? | Day 10 | Advent Calendar 2016

Why He Came by Rachel Rawls | Day 9 | Advent Calendar 2016

Day 9 | Advent Calendar Why He Came by Rachel Rawls This Christmas poem was written by my mother. I would like to share it with you, with her permission, to get into the spirit of the holidays. It’s a poem about the Christian holiday and the meaning behind it.   “Why He Came”   … Continue reading Why He Came by Rachel Rawls | Day 9 | Advent Calendar 2016

Franz and Helga and Their Just Rewards by Holly Geely | Day 8 | Advent Calendar 2016

Day 8 | Advent Calendar Franz and Helga and Their Just Rewards by Holly Geely The cold winds of winter blew outside the cottage. Franz and Helga were the brother and sister who lived inside the cottage. They had been farmers once but that was a long time ago. Franz and Helga had boarded up … Continue reading Franz and Helga and Their Just Rewards by Holly Geely | Day 8 | Advent Calendar 2016

If only by Eric Klingenberg | Day 7 | Advent Calendar 2016

Day 7 | Advent Calendar If only by Eric Klingenberg If only If only Christmas was less about producing the perfect day and more about relaxing and being yourself. If only Christmas was less about giving and receiving things and more about giving time. If only Christmas were less about a baby born 2000 years … Continue reading If only by Eric Klingenberg | Day 7 | Advent Calendar 2016

My First Taste of Christmas at McDonald’s in Geneva by Dr Gulara Vincent | Day 6 | Advent Calendar 2016

Day 6 | Advent Calendar My First Taste of Christmas at McDonald’s in Geneva by Dr Gulara Vincent ‘Let’s go to Geneva for Christmas,’ my friend said. It was late autumn 2004 and we were taking French classes. As our vocabulary was expanding, my friend had a bright idea of putting that knowledge into practice. … Continue reading My First Taste of Christmas at McDonald’s in Geneva by Dr Gulara Vincent | Day 6 | Advent Calendar 2016

The Dark Side of Christmas by Melanie Noell Bernard | Day 5 | Advent Calendar 2016

Day 5 | Advent Calendar The Dark Side of Christmas by Melanie Noell Bernard With the world outside the window a backdrop of darkness, the Christmas tree shone like a beacon of hope. A warm glow emanated from the twinkling lights. They illuminated the living room in a soft orange hue. The small living room … Continue reading The Dark Side of Christmas by Melanie Noell Bernard | Day 5 | Advent Calendar 2016

Demented Christmas Memories and Furniture Polish by S.D. Gates| The Sundays of Advent | Day 4 | Advent Calendar 2016

2nd Sunday of Advent | Day 4 | Advent Calendar Demented Christmas Memories and Furniture Polish by S.D. Gates It’s funny the things you remember from your childhood, strange memories that you don’t really share with anyone because they are just so whacky and odd.  I have several that always stick in my mind, and … Continue reading Demented Christmas Memories and Furniture Polish by S.D. Gates| The Sundays of Advent | Day 4 | Advent Calendar 2016

It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas – Please by Geoff Le Pard | The Sundays of Advent | Day 4 | Advent Calendar 2016

2nd Sunday of Advent | Day 4 | Advent Calendar It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas - Please by Geoff Le Pard Carlton's face wore its weariness like a badge of honour. He leant back against the front door and sighed with relief. 'Alone at bloody last.' He exchanged a look with the cat who seemed … Continue reading It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas – Please by Geoff Le Pard | The Sundays of Advent | Day 4 | Advent Calendar 2016

No Room at the Inn of the Seventh Happiness by Jemima Pett | Day 3 | Advent Calendar 2016

Day 3 | Advent Calendar Today Jemima Pett offers a seasonal story with characters from her fantasy series 'The Princelings of the East'. Trouble in part of the Realms has made a lot of people homeless, and the Inn of the Seventh Happiness is an important transport hub for travellers. It is run by run … Continue reading No Room at the Inn of the Seventh Happiness by Jemima Pett | Day 3 | Advent Calendar 2016

Home for the Holidays by Sarah Brentyn | Day 2 | Advent Calendar 2016

Day 2 | Advent Calendar Home for the Holidays by Sarah Brentyn My sister wakes me. She puts a finger to her lips and we pad down the hall in our fleece footie pyjamas. It is still dark so she holds my hand on the stairs. Our parents stand in the dining room. I feel strange—like … Continue reading Home for the Holidays by Sarah Brentyn | Day 2 | Advent Calendar 2016