Christmas Traditions

Christmas in our house is and has always been a tradition of being together remembering the birth of Christ, going to church for Carols, reading about His birth in the Holy Bible, a Christmas Tree and and yes, an abundance of food too.

And after years without them another family tradition is back: playing Christmas records on the old record player which is fully restore now. We don’t question all these things, they are there and we all accept that it is like that and we like it that way.

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Christmas Jumper

I showed him the picture and asked him for a 3XL and he just laughed and said there weren’t enough Christmas lights in the world to go with that. Cheeky! “Sir if that is on top of your Christmas List as you say, what is second?” he asked. I told him with overt sarcasm that would be Dungarees and he laughed even more.

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I would walk 500 miles

And I would walk 500 more. Ok, maybe I won’t do exactly that though but only because I am physically incapable of walking that far.

I am now back home and I’m playing this The Proclaimers CD I once bought in England when I was young. It reminds me of good times and it makes me happy.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

108 photographs, blogs and poems posted on this website in 2015. And this year I am getting my infusion the day before Christmas. So this year I will be celebrating Christmas in a very calm and modest way with my family as I need to recuperate from it.

Next year I will pick it all up again, to make you see how I see things, to make my point and see if I can make it all rhyme.

For now I will be taking a break from all of it. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you!

You may also want to read my Christmas Blog Look to the sky! and my Christmas poem Not a single tear.

Christmas Sweater

Yesterday my beloved lovely wife bought me this Christmas Sweater.

I have been asking for one for weeks (year after year before Christmas really), one of those knitted sweaters with a pattern of snow crystals, reindeer and antlers but she refused firmly as she said it would make me look like a fool.

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Faux Hunt

First, let me make it abundantly clear that I am against the Fox Hunt! And the only reason I dare to share this story with you is the outcome of it. No Foxes were killed during writing this story, rest assured.

Read until the end.

A little over 25 years ago I lived in England. And at that time I had friends living near Cambridge that were well off and had a habit, some will now say a nasty habit, of indulging in the good of life and go on a Fox Hunt once a year, I believe the day after Christmas if I remember correctly, I might be wrong after all those years. And although I had no desire to get my arse walloped on the back of a horse nor kill a Fox, I could not say no when I was invited to join them in their festivities. But I had a few questions I needed to ask before I was going to accept their invitation and one of them was: is there a real Fox and do I have to kill it? And they all laughed. “We will tell you in time before the hunt not to worry, see you at the inn tomorrow”, Cordelia* said when I left their house that evening.

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Chestnuts roasting

I remember it very well, roasting chestnuts with my grandmother, whom I loved dearly. She had a fireplace in her cottage in the woods. Conifers surrounded the house and I remember the snow outside.

But even if it rained it was such a lovely place, raindrops hanging like shiny diamonds on the gutter just above the windows.

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The love only Jesus could give you

Merry Christmas to you all my friends. I pray for you often that you may not perish with the unfaithful but that you experience the love of Jesus and be saved. Amen. You are my friends and I love you.

Without you my life would not only be utterly boring but really miserable too. The past year I have experienced your love, affection, care and attention over and over again and for that I thank you from my heart.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Merry Christmas to you all! And I don’t just say it, I really mean it too. As my friends you might know I am very fond of this time of the year since with Christmas I am very much aware that Jesus saved me from my bad nature and made me a new person again.

Christmas, His arrival at planet Earth, the Gospel, friends and family around me, lovely food, the music, lights and decorations in the room and the feeling being connected with my very dear friends near and far, it makes me feel happy again whilst there are so many reasons not to be. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

I wish you God’s blessing for this Christmas and the coming year. May dreams come true and most of all, prayers be answered. For all of you.

P.S. Did you get a chance to read my Christmas poem I wrote especially for you this year?