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

Advent Calendar 2016

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 – Melanie Noell Bernard has asked bloggers to share their favourite Christmas thing! I will be contributing in the coming week, so do keep a look out for that!

Homecoming – Sue Vincent’s last year’s Christmas post

Xmas Ice Skating Party – Marje @ Kyrosmagica is hosting a special Christmas party today!

And if you are longing for some snow, my Christmas Post from last year is all snow-filled!

I hope that you are enjoying the Calendar so far, and if you are tempted to contribute I still have one opening! If no one comes forward I will share something myself. But I would love to showcase some more talent!

Christmas 2015 - Angel and Santa

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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”

Christmas, 24x7x365 by Trent McDonald | 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, 24x7x365 by Trent McDonald

Once again

It’s that time of year

When on every lip

Is “Be of good cheer!”

We say peace on Earth Continue reading “Christmas, 24x7x365 by Trent McDonald | The Sundays of Advent | Day 18 | Advent Calendar 2016”

Priceless Gifts from a Homeless Stranger By Russ Towne | 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.

Priceless Gifts from a Homeless Stranger By Russ Towne

I almost didn’t notice her as I drove past on the way back from a last-minute shopping run for forgotten items for Christmas dinner with extended family. She was all alone lying on a sidewalk on Christmas Day. The sight broke my heart.
I was only a block or two from a small neighborhood store so I drove there to find food for her. The selection was poor. I ended up getting a banana, personal size carton of milk, and a pre-made meal for children’s school lunches that contained meat, cheese, crackers, juice, and a small candy bar. It was a meager offering indeed. Continue reading “Priceless Gifts from a Homeless Stranger By Russ Towne | The Sundays of Advent | Day 18 | Advent Calendar 2016”

Christmas Lights by Willow Willers | 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 Willow Willers

Fingers almost blue, toes numb like  her soul

Fear had  her in it’s grip , she was no longer whole

The lights  twinkled on the water  and  the  snow

Eyes closed she stood silent rocking to and throw .

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Bedazzled by Teresa Karlinski | The Sunday’s of Advent | Advent Calendar 2016


3rd Sunday of Advent | Day 11 | Advent Calendar

Bedazzled by Teresa Karlinski

Dolores studied the bedraggled excuse for a tree. Branches drooped instead of bouncing proud and wide. What once passed for needles, the sparse boughs presented bristles and wire. The bottom limbs collapsed tired and spent, sweeping the floor like broken wings. She had not bothered decorating for years, yet Dolores dragged the box out of the garage a week before Christmas as if driven. Husband long dead and children and grandchildren scattered over the map, she had no one with whom to celebrate. A hand to her cheek, she paused, lost in forgotten memories. What had come over her? Why had she hung on to this sorry fake? What did it matter? No one would see it but her. You’re a disaster. If it wasn’t so much trouble taking you down again, I’d trash you now. Continue reading “Bedazzled by Teresa Karlinski | The Sunday’s of Advent | Advent Calendar 2016”

The Gift by Corina Carrasco | The Sundays of Advent | Day 11 | The Advent Calendar 2016

Advent Calendar 2016

3rd Sunday of Advent | Day 11 | Advent Calendar

The Gift by Corina Carrasco

Vince had hidden the package from his wife for over a week. He was so excited to finally be able to give her this special gift. He had been so afraid that she would find the package that he had asked his compadre, Roy, to keep it at his house for him. Roy had gladly taken the package home with him and his wife, Jenny had offered to wrap it for him, gladly agreeing to his idea for the wrapping of this special gift.

Finally it was Christmas Eve and his comadre and compadre had come to the house to make tamales. Before they left, Roy had found a way to get the package to him without Bea seeing it. Mission accomplished! When bedtime came around and all the kids were put to bed, Vince found a way to get the package under the Christmas tree without Bea knowing. He put it in the back of the tree where it was hidden by the all the gifts for the kids. He went to bed and then he got nervous. What if she didn’t like it? Maybe he should have taken her to the store to pick it out for herself. But he had wanted it to be a surprise. She loved surprises. She was like a little girl when he treated her the way she deserved and he realized that he didn’t always treat her that way. Life had been very difficult for them for the past eleven years since they had married. There had never been enough money and there had always been all the kids, one new one each year. They had seven in all and he was pretty sure there would be no more. At least he hoped because although he loved each and every one of his children, he also wanted to be able to give them all the things he had never had when he was growing up and for that, he needed to be sure there were no more. Seven was enough. Continue reading “The Gift by Corina Carrasco | The Sundays of Advent | Day 11 | The Advent Calendar 2016”

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

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 one that particularly disturbs me, every time I smell lemon Pledge (the furniture polish) or think about Christmas.  And you might be wondering how on earth could this be applicable to Solveig’s Advent Calendar posts.  Hang on, and I shall tell you.

Back in December of 1968, when I was just a little girl, we were living in Lexington Kentucky.  We had recently moved all the way across the world from Australia, so my Dad could study moonrocks.  I suspect I might have been experiencing some angst because of the massive cultural readjustment, having moved from a suburb of Sydney, being accustomed to Kangaroos, Aborigines, and meat pies to a land of bluegrass, horses, and salads with marshmallows. 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

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 to shrug. ‘Easy for you, Martindale. You don’t have caring neighbours.’

He led the way into the kitchen, where Martindale snaked between his legs while Carlton retrieved the whiskey glass from where he had hidden it in the fridge. He toasted his pet. ‘Save me from worthy people.’ The cold liquid made him cough but he smiled through the tears. ‘Come on, let’s see what’s on the box. Crap I expect.’

The sun picked out the overnight puddles on the front paving outside the small snug living room as Carlton settled into his chair with a fuff of expelled air. Martindale eyed him dispassionately, waiting for the rug to be pulled in place before slinkily easing onto his lap. Continue reading “It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas – Please by Geoff Le Pard | The Sundays of Advent | Day 4 | Advent Calendar 2016”