A December to Forget

I'm not the sort to do monthly writing roundups on the blog - mainly because there's never much to say - but it's been a while and I've seemed quiet. I guess the goal to blog more can be left on the to-do list. However, and despite the silence, I have been making a little … Continue reading A December to Forget

Three Very Different Christmases

With the UK government imposing further restrictions and tiers on the UK (which I do think are necessary), Christmas this year looks different for a lot of people. Amusingly enough, I don't fall into that category - our Christmas was already constrained by childcare bubbles and so the Christmas day travel we were planning to … Continue reading Three Very Different Christmases

Merry Christmas

Another year, another Christmas message. Well, I hope you all have had a good day this Christmas 2018 and that have a good New Year. Let's see what the following year has in store - I hope it's something good for you. As per my last post - no resolutions apart from the usual ones … Continue reading Merry Christmas

Where Has The Year Gone?

Wow, where have the days good? In true blink-and-miss-it style the year has passed and we sit at the last week of December already. I know I've been super absent from the blog, and actually without good reason except that working is my focus and I've not had much to offer advice or chat about. … Continue reading Where Has The Year Gone?

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

...AKA, the longest time before more Christmas. I'm rather sick of the commercialism and meaninglessness that surrounds the festive season nowadays. I worked Christmas this year and had a grand time. I don't quite understand what all the hubbub is with people working during Christmas Day. Especially since I prefer the religious side of Christmas to … Continue reading It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

A Wishlist for the Disappointment of Christmas

Ah, now that Christmas is but crumbs and recycled paper, we stare at what counts as presents and ponder – did it really have to be this way? It occurred to me that I probably don't voice my opinions on gifts that much, but Christmas is difficult to manoeuvre. People disrupt my brain! After all, if … Continue reading A Wishlist for the Disappointment of Christmas

Photo of the WeeK: Dainty

Well, it's been the usual Christmas, of course, full of its usual trivialities and And the week, I suppose, has passed just as usually passing. The highlight, indeed, was The Fiance's birthday last week. He got a lot of Lego things for his pleasing, and I enjoyed watching him tinker with them. And what photos … Continue reading Photo of the WeeK: Dainty

7QT: Twas the Week Before Christmas…

…And not much was stirring. That’s the problem with being on break from the usual routine; one loses the rhythm that once inspired blogging. 7 Quick Takes Friday is hosted by This Ain’t the Lyceum. ~1~ Well, it was my partner’s birthday on Sunday. A week before Christmas, poor lad, but at least we got … Continue reading 7QT: Twas the Week Before Christmas…

What Advent means to me

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CAFOD volunteer Trevor Stockton, from St Anthony of Padua parish in Wolverhampton, reflects on the significance of Advent in his life, past and present.

Trevor Stockton speaking at a Romero Mass in St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham Trevor Stockton speaking at a Romero Mass in St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham

Advent was a word I didn’t know about until I started going to church in my teens. The period before Christmas and Christmas itself really took on a new meaning for me thereafter.

Before then, as a child in a working class family in the 1940s, Christmas was simply all about having a few treats that we didn’t get all year round. Having an ordinary stocking filled with nuts, dates, a tangerine and other similar luxuries was amazing.  A few, and I mean a few, simple presents followed by a family Christmas meal made the day. There was no television and the day continued with playing games. So, the weeks before Christmas were spent…

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