Advent Calendar 2018

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Now, that the presents are all unwrapped, that the bird is eaten and that you are wondering how you are going to survive the excess that comes with New Year's Eve, it's time for me to say thank you. Thank you! Thank you for making the 4th edition of the Advent Calendar a success! So … Continue reading Advent Calendar 2018

Christmas in Rhyolite, Nevada by S.D. Gates | Advent 2018 – Day 24

Christmas in Rhyolite, Nevada By S.D. Gates She had always wanted to visit the collection of sculptures in Rhyolite, Nevada - always. But Rhyolite is so far out of the way from anything, it's about 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, on a paved, but very bumpy road, which winds its way through a landscape … Continue reading Christmas in Rhyolite, Nevada by S.D. Gates | Advent 2018 – Day 24

There’s Always One by Holly Geely | Advent 2018 – Day 23, 4th Sunday

There’s Always One By Holly Geely “My chestnuts are talking,” said Phillip. “I don’t need to hear your personal business,” said Mary-Anne. Phillip was her boss, and there are things about one’s boss that one never wants to hear. “No, really, my chestnuts are talking,” said Phillip. He held up his paper plate, recently filled … Continue reading There’s Always One by Holly Geely | Advent 2018 – Day 23, 4th Sunday

Magical, Boozy, Nutty Christmas Cake by Marjorie Mallon | Advent 2018 Day 22

Thank you so much to Solveig or inviting me to participate in her Advent Calendar.  Magical, Boozy, Nutty Christmas Cake Simmer and Stir!!! 175g butter, chopped 200g dark muscovado sugar 750g luxury mixed dried fruit Finely grated zest and juice of one orange Finely grated zest of one lemon 100ml Amaretti plus at least 4 … Continue reading Magical, Boozy, Nutty Christmas Cake by Marjorie Mallon | Advent 2018 Day 22

Christmas Away From Home by Katharina Barten | Advent 2018 – Day 21

Christmas Away From Home By Katharina Barten A year ago I was in Canada living with a host family and I was experiencing some Christmas traditions that we don’t have here or at least that I don’t practice. One of them was baking a gingerbread house. I had never done that before but I got … Continue reading Christmas Away From Home by Katharina Barten | Advent 2018 – Day 21

A Child at Heart by Angela Guidolin | Advent 2018 Day 19

A Child at Heart By Angela Guidolin Anna’s necklace is simple, just the thin gold chain her grandparents gave her on her christening, and the long hankered for heart-shaped moldavite pendant her cousin Laura donated her on her birthday, almost a year ago. Anna couldn’t believe her eyes when she opened the small cream box. … Continue reading A Child at Heart by Angela Guidolin | Advent 2018 Day 19

Operation Santa Claus by Corina Carrasco | Advent 2018 – Day 17

Operation Santa Claus By Corina Carrasco Christmas, for most of us, is a very emotional time of year. It brings back memories, both good and bad; it brings us face to face with the end of the year and failures, both real and perceived. This is true for me, just like it is for everyone … Continue reading Operation Santa Claus by Corina Carrasco | Advent 2018 – Day 17

Christmas Critters by Tara Paray | Advent 2018 – Day 16 – 3rd Sunday

These little critters greeted me on a Christmas tree at a senior living facility my choir sang at. It was the one member's mom's holiday party, and we were the entertainment. When I joined the choir,  I thought it would be fun,  but when I found out they perform for seniors as part of their … Continue reading Christmas Critters by Tara Paray | Advent 2018 – Day 16 – 3rd Sunday

Christmas 2018 (after Betjamen) by Geoff Le Pard | Advent 2018 – Day 16 – 3rd Sunday

Christmas 2018 (after Betjamen) The bells of waiting Advent ringAnd still I sit and stareThey say it’s calling to the KingBut do I really care?Maybe once there was a pointTo all this mumbo jumboNow it’s mammon we anoint,Like some plastic bearing DumboAt school we’d spend the hours and daysRehearsing the nativityThese days it really doesn’t … Continue reading Christmas 2018 (after Betjamen) by Geoff Le Pard | Advent 2018 – Day 16 – 3rd Sunday