Christmas


The Eight Weeks of Christmas. It wasn’t us, Honestly, we Paid…….


  That’s the trouble with Christmas; in early November one thinks December 25th is a long way away yet and even if there is a lot to do, there is plenty of time.   But around the mid-twentieth century when the Americans began panicking that...

The Eight Weeks of Christmas: I’m Going Vac-packed for Christmas….


Oh the ignominy! To be put on the back of a donkey and trudged over high roads and no roads just  before giving birth…..poor Mary.   These being modern times, I have just vacuum packed the entire crib/creche/manger, complete with Kings (who don’t mind long...

Eight Weeks of Christmas 2. Martinmas November 11th.


  Martinmas and Armistice Day. Martinmas was considered the first day of Winter, and meteorologically “if the geese at Martin’s Day stand on ice, they will walk on mud at Christmas.” There is word of a Polar Vortex which is about to hit the East...

The Eight Weeks of Christmas


  It is the fading of the year. The clocks have gone back, and with the evenings dark and long we have started lighting a fire, the woodpile is neat and full against the house and the logs are dry. There is snow on our...