Sheryl has posted a Word prompt: Believe and instantly this Christmas song from my childhood came into my head. It was a big hit in the UK and you still sometimes hear it, but I don’t know how widely it is known.
The message is quite interesting, not just about believing in Father Christmas but believing in other things too, like hope.
They said there’ll be snow at Christmas They said there’ll be peace on earth But instead, it just kept on raining A veil of tears for the virgin’s birth I remember one Christmas morning A winters light and a distant choir And the peal of a bell and that Christmas tree smell And their eyes full of tinsel and fire
They sold me a dream of christmas
They sold me a silent night
And they told me a fairy story
’till I believed in the israelite
And I believed in father christmas
And I looked at the sky with excited eyes
’till I woke with a yawn in the first light of dawn
And I saw him and through his disguise
I wish you a hopeful Christmas I wish you a brave new year All anguish pain and sadness Leave your heart and let your road be clear They said there’ll be snow at Christmas They said there’ll be peace on earth Hallelujah Noel be it heaven or hell The Christmas you get you deserve
I have the Stupendous honour to have been nominated for The Sunshine Bloggers award by two of my Blogging friends at once!
Firstly, Belle of Wandering Belle has nominated me, see the post here:
Belle started her blog in September, reach out and say HI to a relatively new member of our blogosphere.
Secondly, Laura M Bailey of All the Shoes I wear has also nominated me, see the post here:
Laura has just one question that requires a full answer:
Share a special holiday memory with me.
I recently posted about a family holiday to Ireland.
I’ve had some nice comments about this, and so I thought I would elaborate further on this.
This holiday occurred in the early 1990s and was before the age of digital photography, and so I can’t share any photos of the trip, however, I have visited some of the same sights since and so will share a couple of more recent photo’s.
My Parents bought a Caravan back int he late 1980’s and we used to like going for a weekend away all over England. As I got older and bigger, rather than share the space in the caravan, I would pitch a tent in the awning outside, which gave them more space and privacy.
My Dad decided that he wanted to visit Southern Ireland, as his ancestors came from there and he retained a certain appearance and also the Irish name, Fogarty, that had derived from O’Fogartaich, apparently. We had a coat of arms too.
There were still troubles in Ireland, between the Irish Republican Army and The Ulster Paramilitaries. It wasn’t long after the IRA had set a bomb in a Manchester shopping centre, killing many innocents. They had also blown up a Hotel in Brighton and London was frequently on high alert. The problems were mainly in Northern Ireland, but my Mum and I were still a little worried that we would be Denounced in Southern Ireland for being English. The Ulster paramilitaries had committed atrocities in the Republic of Ireland, particularly Dublin.
We found that contrary to our worries, we were welcomed with open arms by people all over Southern Ireland. They were outraged at the extortionate cost of catching a Ferry from Holyhead in Wales to Dun Laoghaire in Dublin and seemed to want to encourage more visitors.
We spent some time in Dublin, which is a fantastic city and also County Wicklow, which is sunny and has less rain than other parts of Ireland. It has a similar Climate to the South east corner of England, where I’m from.
We then drove around the south coast to County Cork and Bantry Bay.
I remember, we arrived at our next destination, a bit travel dusty and decided to go to a local pub for a meal. In the reception room next to the public bar there was a wedding going on. Ireland is a musical place, there’s always someone in a pub playing the violin, or flute or drum. The music coming from the wedding was really marvellous. After we’d eaten, a man came into the bar and invited everyone there to join the wedding party. As we were only visitors and were not really appropriately dressed, my parents declined. Then the father of the bride came over and personally invited us in to join them. We all had a bit of a jig and couldn’t have had a nicer evening.
Another time, we were in a bookshop, and I spotted an old Hardback version of an Agatha Christie book that I hadn’t read. It was marked up for £10 for sale. The owner of the bookshop asked how long we were staying in town, which was five days then said “Oh, well you might as well borrow the book. Drop it back when you’re finished before you go.”
I couldn’t believe it! He didn’t know us from Adam, and yet would let me borrow this rare edition book. After a few days, it became clear that I wouldn’t finish it in time. We went back and My mum said she’d buy it for me. The owner then said he couldn’t charge us the £10 so sold it to us for a Fiver instead!
It was such a lovely trip, and of course, I’ll always have a major soft spot for Ireland. I’ll tell you a national secret too. Most English people love the Irish people, it is just such a shame that our governments just don’t seem to feel the same way sometimes.
Questions from Belle
What makes you the happiest about your blog? – I love getting inspired by a word or a picture and letting my imagination run wild. I love writing stories and poems and sharing them with others. I love getting responses that indicate other people like what I am doing. It is all very gratifying. I have also loved the added bonus of meeting so many lovely and supportive people.
What is your all time top goal? – Once I wanted to rule the world, I thought I could do a better job than the current World Order. Now I would be content to write and be published.
What is one thing on your bucket list? – To meet the Queen of England. I’d like to have a nice informal chat over a cup of tea and a sandwich.
Where would you suggest someone go visit? – Budapest is a fantastic city, I would recommend people visit and go to one of the many Turkish baths that are in the city.
What do you think would make a difference to this world? – Proper education. Ignorance leads to being easily persuaded by others, with Knowledge comes truth and freedom.
What is a hobby you wish you had more time to enjoy? – Gardening and walking in nature.
What is your favorite song right now? – There is nothing from the charts at the moment, its all rubbish.
What would you like others to know about you? – Nothing really, a mystery is more enigmatic.
Have you ever written a book? What is the name of that book if so? – I was sharing on my blog a fantasy fiction story I wrote about 18 years ago. It was never published though.
What is one thing that would make you happy right now? – A nice Cup of Tea.
List 5 things you love. – Tea, Trees, Daffodils, My Chickens and Holidays.
There you go:
I will only be asking three questions.
What will you be eating on the 25th of December?
What would you like to see happen in 2019?
Name three things you are grateful for.
The Haunted Wordsmith
A Guy Called Bloke
The Britchy One
Kristian from Lessons from around the dinner table
Jade M Wong
JP the Wide-Eyed Wanderer
Paula Light at Light Motifs II
Irene from A Slice of Mexico.
Thank you again to Laura and to Belle,
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Please visit her blog and say Hi, You will not regret taking the time.
I don’t always do these questions and answer things. I know my Pal Rory and also Melanie B Cee do these regularly, but I thought I would do this one.
1. Answer the questions you receive (straight, funny, absurd, up to you)
2. Create three questions of your own for those that you tag to answer
3. Tag three people
First the questions from Sadje at Keep it Alive
Questions from Sadje
1.Which is the most fun vacation you have had?
I love my holidays, I often take short breaks rather than one long vacation. When I was in my early teens My parents had a caravan and we spend three weeks travelling across Southern Ireland. I have so many great memories from that trip. My Dad’s ancestors (going back a long way) came from Tipperary.
2. Do you love summers or winter?
I seem them both as two extremes between which exist a fleeting moment of perfection. I prefer Spring. I like March, April, May, June and September. Summer is too hot and Winter too gloomy.
3. Which is your favorite blog post? Please share a link.
I don’t have a favourite, that would be like having a favourite child. If you have a favourite child you must never let on.
A while ago I started a story called The Wind Sheds No Tears, I do intend to write some more in the new year and so here is a link to the first part of that story.
1. What is family’s your favourite winter activity?
If we get a bright sunny day, I like to go for a walk, wrapping up warm with my coat and scarf and hat. Then come home and have a hot cup of tea, a mince pie and maybe a glass of Mulled Wine.
2. How do you plan to fit blogging in with your holiday festivities ?
Basically, from the 21st of December through to the 1st of January, you will be hearing very little from me. I will be scheduling a few things and take the odd few quiet moments to try to keep up with things, but I will be VERY busy.
3. Have you started thinking of changes that you want to make in your life in 2019?
Yes, I want to get a new job, which will also have an impact on my blogging, but it has to be done. I started losing weight back in October and so after Christmas will go back to doing that. I am looking forward to 2019, I have a sneaking idea it is going to be a good year.
What was the last book you read and would you recommend it?
What is the first thing you intend to do in January?
What would you like to be different in your life by this time next year?
“Come on, gather around the Christmas tree, I want to get a picture of you all.”
The family lined up around the tree. It was an artificial tree that had been in the family for twenty years. Every year it dropped almost as many needles as a real tree would, and as such was now mainly a stack of metal wires with tinsel and baubles all over it and very little green fake leaf left. Every year one of her children asked, “why don’t we get rid of this old tree?” and she’d always reply, “because it’s tradition.”
On the top of the tree sat a Christmas Angel. Well, it would have looked like an angel once, but its wings were bent, it’s halo crooked and it’s face had long ago been scratched away by the Christmas lights, but it was tradition.
The Christmas lights themselves were also very old. Several of the bulbs had gone but they were wired individually so they still worked. The wiring was threadbare and some of the copper wires were showing through, but they were tradition.
It was tradition that made her make all her family line up in front of the tree. It was tradition that she would then have to hunt around for half an hour trying to find the camera.
It was tradition that someone in the picture would be blinking, or making a face, and it was tradition that the photo would languish in the computers memory banks and no one would ever get to see it.
It’s also tradition to have a Christmas fire, only this year it was caused by the faulty Christmas lights and the family only just escaped with their lives.
“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma
1) Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog
2) Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
3) Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
4) Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
5) Nominate 10-20 bloggers [Not Adhering to] you feel deserve the award
6) Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one
7) Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
Here are the questions that Rory asked:
My 5 Questions
Tick or Tock, which is best that describes your personality and why? – I’d say Tock, I am very much more of a Tock than a Tick. I do my own thing, but am strangely conformist at the same time. I conform to many social norms, but only because I want to and not because they are ‘norms’ and if I feel obliged to do something, I often don’t do it.
2) With regards Passion Fashion and Fabric which is your go to for 199% comfort – Rubber, Silk, Canvas, Pollycotton, Linen, Jersey, Crepe, Lycra,Lace, Velvet or simply all bare – and why? – I am 199% in favour of natural fibres. I detest Polyester, it stops the skin from breathing. I would like to like Wool more but it makes me itch so I can’t really be too fond of that. In winter time, I love my corduroy trousers, nice and snugly warm. I also like Cotton and Linen, natural all the way but not au-naturelle 😉
Talking about au-naturelle, there has been a lot of discussion of late about people in the nude, naked skiing and other activities. Well here is a picture of me learning to walk on water in New Zealand a few years ago.
3) What is the routine you undertake each day when you log into WordPress before you start to create a post? –
I check to see how many views I had the day before, then i go through and respond to all the comments that I’d missed that had come through overnight.
4) What is your best time of the day – night, morning, afternoon, dusk or dawn and why, what makes it special for you?
Mid-morning is usually my best time. I’m not an early bird nor a night owl, so between 9am and midday is probably the best time of day for me.
5) What is an ideal Christmas day for you and your family if relevant?
Growing up Christmas Eve was always the family gathering, because one of my Uncles has a birthday on Christmas Eve. We would gather round, enjoy a christmas buffet that my Aunt put on and then swap presents.
Christmas day was always quieter. My Mum always cooked Turkey, which is common in the UK but I have always detested it. It just tastes like a load of nothing. So now, since leaving home, I keep Christmas day as a quiet day and cook a Christmas Dinner with something other than turkey. I might do some Lamb, I love lamb or Venison. This year I am having Goose. Traditionally Goose and/or Beef was eaten on Christmas day in the UK, at least by those who could afford them. Then Turkey came over from the States and being a bigger bird, could feed a family much cheaper and so it became the norm…But not for me.
I always do Roast Potatoes and Parsnips, Sage and Onion stuffing, lots of green vegetables and Yorkshire Puddings. Got to have Yorkshire Pudding on Christmas day. Luckily I am a fairly capable cook.
Three Things about me.
My Name is Kristian
I hate Turkey (The foodstuff)
I Love Yorkshire Puddings.
How do you spend your December the 25th?
Do you like Brussels Sprouts?
Have you ever had Figgy Pudding, as in the song, We Wish you a Merry Christmas?
Is it likely you’ll have Snow on Christmas Day?
Do you have any Holidays/Vacations planned for next year?
So Who do I Nominate? ANYONE WHO WANTS TO TAKE PART.
Happy Christmas, Chanukah, Diwali and Yule, any other celebration that you have around this time of year.