Well, bloggers all, deck your halls with boughs of holly because it is nearly here. Are you ready? (What a daft question, is anybody every "ready", whatever that means). I have just been making Cranberry and Orange Relish to eat with the turkey and the whole house smells of that most Christmassy of scents - cinnamon.
Will this Christmas live up to our expectations? Does Christmas ever? Somehow with all the hype about Christmas we expect it to be perfect - perfect dinner, perfect presents, snow lying white on the ground, frost sparkling in the trees, everyone merry and bright. Of course life isn't like that and realistically we have to make do with what we have. When I consider what some people are having this Christmas - cholera, warfare, hunger - I think we are jolly lucky and shall act accordingly.
If you are one of those people who spends Christmas snug by a log fire with a pile of books and a glass of something (and chocs) on the table by your side, here is Susan Hill's (The Magic Apple Tree author) list of books she would like to re-read this Christmas - old faithfuls all.
She is writing in today's Yorkshire Post:- John Buchan "Thirty Nine Steps" (it is on UK TV this Christmas by the way - don't miss it!); Nicholas Monsarratt "The Cruel Sea"; Agatha Christie "The 4.50 from Paddington"; Dorothy L Sayers "The Nine Tailors"; Marjorie Allingham "Tiger in the Smoke"; Conan Doyle "The Hound of the Baskervilles"; Nancy Mitford "The Pursuit of Love", Gerald Durrell "My Family and other Animals"; and many more. But if you get through that lot you will do well!
Our little town of Leyburn in The Yorkshire Dales tries hard to get into the spirit of Christmas. This is a shop window in the town. At night it is lit up with fairy lights and it gives the whole town a festive air.
Whatever you are doing this Christmas, wherever you are going, safe travelling and have a wonderful time. Quite a few people who are not bloggers and do not have a Google account read my blog - so in addition to all bloggers may I also wish a Very Merry Christmas to the following:-
Glennis, Robert, Frans and Riet, Maggie and Sid, Brenda and Roy, Amanda.
Click on the picture so that it fills the screen and get that Christmassy feeling. The sleigh was made by a local man who has loaned it to the shop for their Christmas display.