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
“Hey Gary. This is Mark.” This was a surprise because Mark was the husband of the couple we asked to watch our house and pickup our mail for the week we were to be gone. “Merry, almost-Christmas Mark. What’s up?”
Christmas Traditions By Kelli King I love Christmas music. I especially love songs that make me imagine what Christmas is like in other places. My top places to imagine spending Christmas have always been New York City, London, Paris, some enchanting village in Ireland or Germany, and more recently, I found out that Strasbourg, France, … Continue reading Christmas Traditions by Kelli King | Advent 2018 Day 6
Silent Night By Rowena Curtin “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to … Continue reading Silent Night by Rowena Curtin | Advent 2018 Day 5
The Magic and Curse of Christmas by Angela Guidolin Day 21 Advent 2017 When I was a child in the ’70, my parents had just started their own ice-cream business. To me, it meant not seeing much of them, having a few toys to play with (that sometimes my mum was forced to give as … Continue reading The Magic and Curse of Christmas by Angela Guidolin – Day 21 Advent 2017
Maybe it’s a childhood thing but my memory of Christmas is of a happy day enjoyed by all. They were never spoilt by arguments or friction. They might be boring, they could be wacky, or hilarious, and sometimes eye opening but never was a voice raised in anger.
Apart that is, than the year my Gran, my mum’s mum, got a bit squiffy on the port and lemons, eat heartily, fell asleep during the Queen’s speech and woke up in a bit of a state.
Christmas is the one holiday I look forward to all year round. I see some shops have started advertising Christmas Specials, so it’s not too early to talk about the festive season………
You know it’s almost Christmas when you walk into a shop and they are playing carols and of course a Santa Claus Station where you get your photo taken, sitting on s red suited guy’s lap. This is mostly kids’ stuff. I don’t think have had my photo taken with Father Christmas since I was in kindergarten. It used to be such a big deal and you would get a gift box too, I don’t remember if our parents paid for it, if they did they never said and we never thanked them for it.
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. I climbed into my car and drove home to wrap … Continue reading The Joy of Together by Deborah Bryan | Day 21 | 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 … Continue reading Christmas Spirit Rediscovered by D.E. Haggerty | Day 20 | Advent Calendar
Day 17 | Advent Calendar Unmasking Santa Claus by R.A. Kerr I was eight years old when I learned Santa Claus was not real. Yes, I know. Eight years of age is pretty old to be blindsided by this news. And it came from my little brother. Who was five. My family was driving to … Continue reading Unmasking Santa Claus by R.A. Kerr | Day 17 | Advent Calendar 2016