Category Archives: Christmas

The Twelve Dog Days Of Christmas #dog #christmas

A little something Dog penned for Sue Vincent’s delightful pup, Ani’s, Advent calendar, in case you missed On the first day of Christmas, my two legges gave to me, My favourite walkies! * On the second day of Christmas, my … Continue reading

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Back To Front #peace #quiet

As I look out into my garden I see a lot of green, a lot of growth. Buds poking through the loam, next year’s plants making an early bid for freedom. What is that? Norman renewal, evidence (again) of climate … Continue reading

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That Christmas Letter… Martin Apostle Writes

25th December Dear All, It has become customary, I’ve found, for friends and family, to enclose a letter with their Festive cards summarising their family’s many glorious achievements during the past year. These missives have taken on the glowing uniformity … Continue reading

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Christmas Traditions

My Christmases as a child were what we called traditional but everyone’s Christmas traditions have their own quirks, imposed by the characteristics of the participants. These are mine. 1. My father enjoyed a pint. Or several. He was an active … Continue reading

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That Christmas Letter…

25th December 2018   Dear All, It has become customary, I’ve found, for friends and family, to enclose a letter with their Festive  cards summarising their family’s many glorious achievements during the past year. These missives have taken on the … Continue reading

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The Art of Spirit Capture #shortstory #Christmas

Extraordinary things happen in ordinary places. If you take the B2402 out of Maplecroft on the old Dover road and follow it for nearly a mile you’ll see a battered sign. ‘Hoskins’ it says, still readable through the rust and … Continue reading

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The Reason for the Season

I’m not a religious or especially spiritual man. So the meaning of Christmas or the winter solstice celebrations might, you’d perhaps think, be lost on me. But it has becoming an increasingly important time of year for me. I think … Continue reading

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10 reasons why Christmas is dangerous

Christmas is about peace and goodwill and food and sharing and family and, well, it’s a damn risky time really. I’m not saying it’s up there with Donald Trump’s double or a Chernobyl chimney sweep in terms of taking the … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol for the Post Truth World

If you haven’t seen Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord posts of Christmas short stories (shame on you!) you may have missed my little contribution. The Fourth Plinth The world tumbled and tossed as Barry opened his eyes. It’s what booze does, he … Continue reading

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It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas – Please #shortstory #christmas

I wrote a new piece for Solveig’s Advent Calendar posts, here. If you havent seen her blog this is the story Carlton’s face wore its weariness like a badge of honour. He leant back against the front door and sighed … Continue reading

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