Advent Calendar 2016 | Overview

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Advent Calendar 2016

Advent Calendar 2016 | Overview

I hope that you had an amazing Christmas! And I do hope that you enjoyed reading the contributions to the 2nd edition of the Advent Calendar!

First of all I would like to thank all of the contributors, without you this project would not have been possible. Thank you to all of those who jumped in last minute to save the Calendar from having a gaping whole and to all of those who send in a second post “just in case” that I then published on the 4th Sunday of Advent.

It was amazing to everyones creativity blossom between the 1st Sunday of Advent and the 24th of December. And as I love motivating others, I think that I will probably come up with some sort of guest series for 2017, because Advent 2017 definitely is not around the corner. The Advent Calendar will definitely be back for it’s 3rd edition, after all it’s now a tradition!

In case you have missed some, here are all posts at a glance:

The Sundays of Advent:

1st Sunday of Advent:
The Tale of the Cursed Hat by Lucy Brazier

2nd Sunday of Advent | Day 4:
It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas – Please by Geoff Le Pard
Demented Christmas Memories and Furniture Polish by S.D. Gates

3rd Sunday of Advent | Day 11:
The Gift by Corina Carrasco
Bedazzled by Teresa Karlinski

4th Sunday of Advent | Day 18:
Christmas Lights by Willow Willers
Priceless Gifts from a Homeless Stranger By Russ Towne
Christmas, 24x7x365 by Trent McDonald
Cherished by Sarah Brentyn
Christmas Lights by Lucy Brazier

Advent Calendar:

Day 1: The Gift of Now by Tara Paray
Day 2: Home for the Holidays by Sarah Brentyn
Day 3: No Room at the Inn of the Seventh Happiness by Jemima Pett
Day 4: see 2nd Sunday of Advent

Day 5: The Dark Side of Christmas by Melanie Noell Bernard
Day 6: My First Taste of Christmas at McDonald’s in Geneva by Dr Gulara Vincent
Day 7: If only by Eric Klingenberg
Day 8: Franz and Helga and Their Just Rewards by Holly Geely
Day 9: Why He Came by Rachel Rawls
Day 10: ? – linking back to a post of the 1st edition of the calendar
Day 11: see 3rd Sunday of Advent

Day 12: Christmas Star by Sue Vincent
Day 13: No Star in All the Heavens by Russ Towne
Day 14: Gift of the Magi by Urszula Humienik
Day 15: What Christmas means to me by Judy Martin
Day 16: The Longest Day by Trent McDonald
Day 17: Unmasking Santa Claus by R.A. Kerr
Day 18: see 4th Sunday of Advent

Day 19: Once upon a time, in a dark wood by M.L.Kappa
Day 20: Christmas Spirit Rediscovered by D.E. Haggerty
Day 21: The Joy of Together by Deborah Bryan
Day 22: Christmas Dreams by Willow Willers
Day 23: A Magic Place by Solveig Werner
Day 24: Serena’s Bubble Snowman by Marjorie Mallon

If you have a lot of free time during the 12 days of Christmas (today is day 2) and feel like reading more Christmas stories, then please check out the 1st edition of the calendar!

Christmas 2016

Serena’s Bubble Snowman by Marjorie Mallon | Day 24 | Advent Calendar 2016

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Day 24 | Advent Calendar

Happy Christmas Eve!

This is my post for Solveig Werner’s lovely advent calendar.

I’ll introduce you to an old friend of mine the bubble monster: Serena’s Bubble Monster  and write a new story about bubbles, especially for Christmas!

Serena’s Bubble Snowman by Marjorie Mallon

Serena tiptoed in from work, as quietly as she could, hoping not to disturb anyone. The kids were tucked up in bed.  If she woke them it would be a nightmare. Tomorrow held the promise of a very special day – Christmas Day. She sighed, how her feet ached. It had been a very long day, she’d spent the majority of it standing, serving customers all day. Her husband slept soundly in their bedroom, his snores sounding like faraway rumbles. How she envied him his ability to switch off and escape into dreamland so effortlessly. 

She poured herself a large glass of wine and walked into the bathroom.  Turning the taps on she considered whether it would be wise to tip in some bubble bath, or perhaps even her new Snowman Bar. After what had happened the last time she paused to consider whether that would be wise… Continue reading

A Magic Place | Day 23 | Advent Calendar 2016

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Day 23 | Advent Calendar

A Magic Place

Last night, I was woken by the whispering sound of various voices. Curiosity paired with the need to go to the bathroom pushed me out of bed.

As I tiptoed into the living room I could not trust my eyes and definitely not my ears. What I saw and heard was just magic. Continue reading

The Joy of Together by Deborah Bryan | Day 21 | Advent Calendar 2016

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Day 21 | Advent Calendar

The Joy of Together by Deborah Bryan

Late last Christmas Eve, I stood smiling in a Southern California drugstore parking lot. For a moment, I lifted my face toward the palm trees and stars twinkling in the clear sky above me.

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

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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

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

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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