Twas the – Oh Damn, It’s Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas in my little flat That I share with my kid and a wee skittish cat I purchased new stockings and put up a tree But decor’s at a minimum this year for me I’ve no Christmas baking but plenty to eat I picked up a gingerbread kit to complete There’s also a fruitcake and chocolates galore Not skimping on calories, you can be sure. It still doesn’t feel like it’s Continue Reading →

Christmas Books

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” —George Bernard Shaw Great advice, Mr. Shaw. Books tend to be a very personal thing to give — I think you need to have a pretty good grasp of a person’s taste in reading before you can give them a book (and then wait nervously for their response). For children, it is a little easier because they have yet Continue Reading →

December Book Project

I’ve decided for December I want to keep the Blackwood Book Box stuffed with Christmas, Hanukkah, and other winter related books. I have a few on hand (there are a few in there now that I will pull out until December) but I need more. Do you have any you’d like to share with the community? Kids picture books, board books, story books; adult fiction books (those Christmas mystery or romance compilations that your aunt keeps Continue Reading →

December 26th Twelve Days of Christmas

Most of us are familiar with the Twelve Days of Christmas but not everyone realizes they start Christmas Day and run through to January 6th, Epiphany. Denis Bratcher discusses the history of the celebrations but also relates each of the 12 gifts to its Christian meaning, referencing Biblical verses on the Christian Resource Institute publication, The Voice:

December 25th Peaceful Wishes

Merry Christmas & peaceful wishes. Here are a few lovely and peaceful videos for Christmas Day…. Christmas Animation from on Vimeo. Corelli Christmas Concerto: Adagio from Voices of Music on Vimeo. Peace on Earth from anneli nilsson on Vimeo. Peace All Around from Top Drawer Creative on Vimeo.

December 24th Night Before Christmas

One of my all-time favourite things about Christmas is reading Clement Clark Moore’s verse. I could probably recite most of it by heart and I have often written my own version for friends and family. Here is a particularly lovely version from 1887 from the Rosetta project: The Night Before Christmas (read it online or download the images as a zip file)

December 18th Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas

Santa has other names around the world, of course, and in the United Kingdom he is known as Father Christmas. Of all the books about Father Christmas, Raymond Briggs — who also authored The Snowman and Fungus the Bogeyman, offers up a slightly curmudgeonly variant on the jolly gift distributor. In 1991, British network ITV ran a special based on Father Christmas and Father Christmas Takes a Holiday; it’s as fun to watch as the Continue Reading →