Tomorrow is December, the first day of winter; what a chilly start as temperatures have plummeted here in the UK.  Some are dreaming of a white Christmas, I must admit the sound of it is like a fairy tale, I can remember one white Christmas day I was about 5  I think and I could not wait to get out in it.  I do always think of the people who have to work and try to drive in it now as I would not wish that on anyone, I detest driving in snow as it is so unpredictable with no control over the car once it slides.
We also have the first day of advent with all the children waiting patiently to open number one on their calender.  What a massive choice there is with calenders starting at a pound in Poundland and going up to a ridiculous forty pound plus which has make-up behind each window.  Then you also have the animals calenders so your dog or cat gets a treat each day just like you.  Personally I love the idea of a book for each day, wouldn’t it be great to have a good stack for the winter evenings?
Many families have got their tree up already or it is going up this weekend, it feels much earlier this year but it gives you longer to admire the many great decorations you can now buy.  One shop that always has different decorations for the tree is the Wyevale garden centre’s, I like just wandering about in there.  I love to see lights on the houses as you drive up, I think minimal is the way to go though as too many and it just looks very tacky sometimes.  The ones that do it to raise money for charity are normally very well displayed, often being on TV to raise awareness of them.
Present buying has started with some even finished and wrapped, very organised!  I have done a lot, most on-line as it is so simple and quick now.  The food shop on-line is wonderful, no walking round crowded supermarkets looking for the best turkey and nice looking ham.  I find it saves money as you only buy what you need, I do miss throwing a book in the trolley though; do you do that?
One thing I do miss are the carol singers, I would love to hear all the old ones that we used to sing at the school carol service.  What is your favourite carol?  I think mine is Hark the herald angels sing.  Schools don’t seem to have these or nativities very much now as they all struggle to reach targets and complete end of year paperwork.  I wonder how many people still go to midnight mass on Christmas eve?  I have not been since I was a child living with Nan and Grandad, the church always looked so serene but we had to wrap up warm as it was so old and cold.
I used to make the cake every year as a teenager for Nan and Grandad and the decorations never got replaced either, some of the things I put on the top were older than I was.
I have a Pinterest board about things from my childhood which I love looking at and remembering, one of them is the old decorations that we used to keep for ever; I cannot remember them ever throwing anything out as it was just stuck back together.



  1. 1st December 2016 / 1:48 pm

    Happy families coming together at a joyous time xx

  2. 1st December 2016 / 1:47 pm

    Thank you, merry Christmas x

  3. 1st December 2016 / 1:47 pm

    I think you should do a new piece and how it’s different xx

  4. 1st December 2016 / 1:45 pm

    I will go and have a listen xx

  5. 1st December 2016 / 12:41 pm

    Nice evocative piece, Karen. you realise you have emboldened me to reissue a series of similar posts i wrote about Christmas a few years back! Tony x

  6. 1st December 2016 / 2:06 am

    I don’t have a religious bone in my body. To me churches seemed to talk the talk but never walked the walk.. That’s never stopped me loving churches or enjoying both hymns and carols. My favourite carol was always Silent Night. When I grew older (who shouted ‘Ancient’ then?) I hear a Simon and Garfunkel version called ‘Silent Night Seven O’Clock News’ which had a profound effect on me. Though I’m tempted to describe the song and it’s effect, I suggest you listen to it on Youtube and see whether it has an effect on you. A song I usually place on my blog now would be by Mike Harding called Christmas 1914 which can bring tears to my eyes.
    I wish everyone a Merry Christmas with Peace throughout the World.
    xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

  7. 30th November 2016 / 11:34 pm

    This is a lovely post. Enjoy the whole Christmas season. 🎄🎄🎄

  8. 30th November 2016 / 11:10 pm

    I was just saying to my mom last night that I’ve never seen carol singers in America.
    I’m not sure what to make of this coming Christmas. It’s the first one the women in the family will spend together, so that should be exciting.

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