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It’s not quirky… it’s tradition..!

Funny what December does to people, isn’t it? We see the best and worst of people over the Christmas season and I find that fascinating. As I’ve mentioned before we’ve tried to get away over Christmas every couple of years and sometimes we’ve gone with family and other times, like last year, with friends. Sometimes, it’s just us… our little gang of four. But you know, they’ve all been brilliant times in brilliant locations and sometimes – as in North Wales in 2004, we’ve had snow ON CHRISTMAS DAY!!! Could it get any better?!

Capel Garmon, Christmas Day 2004

Capel Garmon, Christmas Day 2004

Having said in previous posts that I have mixed feelings about the build up to Christmas, I am a bit of a traditionalist in some ways when it comes to Christmas Day. If you think about ti, you take in adulthood some of the traditions you had a child and then bringing those into a relationship means combining two sets of family traditions and from there you kind of create your, unique, quirky take on ‘doing the Christmas thing’!! Continue reading

OK… I give in… 25 days to go!

Just a quick post today…. but I might be back later!

I was going through some of my old posts from last year and came across a few I wrote during Advent. So over the next few days I might redirect you to a couple of my favourites!

This one was written on the first day of Advent last year, with the intention of posting once a day. I’m not promising that this year, but I will try to post a few interesting Christmas related bits and bobs over the coming weeks.

In the meantime, having read the blog from last year, I can follow this up with another Christmas related read from the lovely Susan Buchanan. Her new book  Return of the Christmas Spirit has just been released and has shoulder barged its way up the reading list on my Kindle – it’s my next read, so I can’t give you a review…. yet! Mind you if it’s anything like her other books, it’ll be just the thing get you feeling festive, as the holidays approach!

Return of Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan

Return of Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan

Stand by for a new post on your Christmas traditions…. let me know about the little quirky traditions you and your family keep to every year.

Bye for now,

MJ xx

Embracing the festivities: Advent Day 1


OK… so it’s December 1st and I have decided to TRY and get into the Christmas spirit. Easier said than done when there are still 3 weeks left at work and my ‘to do’ list is growing bigger by the day! But I thought I would try to bring a little festive cheer into all our lives and each day and I am going to link you to something cool, interesting or just fun, relating to the festive season! I find Christmas an odd time of year, I love the build up with the children – I LOVE the day itself and we have many, many happy memories of Christmas’s past spent in all sorts of great places with friends and family. But I have grown to be resentful of the forced marketing which seems to start as soon as the schools return in September and Christmas tunes are banned until well into December! So I do have moments when I feel a bit ‘bah-humbug’ about the whole thing! Still, last night we met with good friends, as we started the planning for our big Christmas adventure to North Wales (subtitled: In Search of Snow!) and I am feeling a little more cheery about the forthcoming holiday season! Continue reading