The Tale Of The Cursed Hat by Lucy Brazier | The Sundays of Advent | Advent Calendar 2016

Advent Calendar 2016

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The Tale Of The Cursed Hat by Lucy Brazier

Once upon a time in a town far away, there lived a Hat-maker. His hats were the very finest hats money could buy and all the richest and fanciest people came from miles around to purchase his wares. His creations were fashioned from the most curious materials and stitched in ways unknown to other milliners. But they also had something rather quite special about them.

You see, the Hat-maker’s mother was a Cunning Woman who knew the ways of bending the natural nature of things to her own intentions. Using her tricksy devices she crafted various charms to be sewn into the hats, which flattered the wearer in ways other than a simple hat might. Continue reading “The Tale Of The Cursed Hat by Lucy Brazier | The Sundays of Advent | Advent Calendar 2016”

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Advent Calendar Day 15: Christmas: The Perfect Excuse For A Fight? by Lucy Brazier

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Christmas: The Perfect Excuse For A Fight? by Lucy Brazier

It seems to me that for a time of year supposedly celebrating peace on earth, Christmas is remarkably conducive to conflict. Families that haven’t spoken all year are thrown together for the annual exercise of teeth-gritting and tongue-biting. The disagreements over ‘tradition’ – are sprouts a festive essential or the work of the devil? The forced amiability of the office Christmas party, where you are surrounded by people you have hated all year and are unlikely to feel any more warmly towards just because it is Jesus’ birthday. And the violent scrums at the checkouts are surely the least Christian thing a person could witness all year. Continue reading “Advent Calendar Day 15: Christmas: The Perfect Excuse For A Fight? by Lucy Brazier”