Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

May be I am not well

As I sit here, (and yes I know I have already posted today), there are only 99 days to go, to, you know what, you know, yes you do, look.

Sorry Pat, but there are only 99 days and the supermarkets have selection boxes and posh tins of biscuits, you know the kind, nice tins with pictures of snowy scenes and cute kittens in Santa hats that hold half a dozen biscuits if you are lucky, and the other night there was a Simpsons Christmas cartoon on. Yes I watch the Simpsons and I make no apologises for the fact. But what I am about to tell you now will shock some of you, yes it will, those of you that have read me for more that a couple of years will be rocked to the core, are you ready, are you sitting down? Right, here we go, I haven’t done a thing!! That’s right I haven’t brought one present, wrote one card, cooked one thing for the freezer. I haven’t watched one Christmas movie or song one Christmas song. Me who usually has it all finished by now, do you think I might be coming down with something?


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Best ever Christmas cake


1 cup water
2 cups dried fruit
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
8 oz nuts
4 large eggs
1 tsp baking soda
juice of 1 lemon
1 bottle of whisky


Sample whisky to check its quality.

Take a large bowl. Re-check the whisky to ensure it is of the highest quality. Pour one level cup and drink.

Turn on the electric mixer, beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar and beat again.

Make sure the whisky is still okay and cry another tup.

Turn off the mixerer. Break two eggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the dried fruit. Mix on the turner, and if the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers, pry it loose with a drewscriver.

Sample the whisky to check for tonisisticity.

Next sift two cups of salt, or something. Who cares? Check the whisky.

Now sift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Spoon. Of sugar or something. Whatever you can find. Then grease the oven and turn the cake tin to 350 degrees.

Don’t forget to beat off the turner. Throw the bowl out the window, check the whisky again and go to bed.

I do like Snoopy, so here’s Snoopy and the red barron

You Would Be a Conventional Santa

Truth be told, you’re pretty happy with Santa and Christmas as they are. Why mess with a good thing?
Traditions are traditions for a reason. And you’re happy to participate in all of them. You even believe in Santa a little.You think that old fashioned holidays with old time values are nice. It’s all about family and togetherness.
You think that too much commercialism and greed are naughty. It breaks your heart when the holidays bring out the worst in people.   

What about this for a gift list


“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”

Oren Arnold



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My 12 days of Christmas

Sing along, you know the tune

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me

A cockerel in a pear tree

A cockerel in a pear tree

2 purple candles

2 purple candles and a…

3 cookery books

3 cookery books, 2…

4 cheap-o crakers

4 cheap-o-crakers, 3…

5 bottles of wine

5 bottles of wine, 4…

6 birds a bathing

6 birds a bathing, 5…

7 line dancers

7 line dancers, 6…

8 shiny leaves

8 shiny leaves, 7…

9 tins of beans

9 tins of beans, 8…

10 horses swimming

10 horses swimming, 9…

11 orange, oranges

11 oranges, orangers, 10…

12 stuffing balls

12 stuffing balls, 11…

I do laugh at this, but I feel a little sad for poor old Mr. Bean too.


“There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.”
Erma Bombeck


This is just so sweet, I found it on Alistair’s site, pass it on.

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Snow, we have lots and lots of snow, the cat that just visits from time to time as moved in, (she doesn’t belong to anyone, she is one of those cats that just goes to be fed wherever she can get food), and the birds are emptying the feeders faster than I can fill them, and yesterday I saw a coal tit in the garden, that’s the first time one of those has visited. I love watching the birds on the feeders.

We have been watching a very interesting programme on the BBC called Turn Back Time. The High street,  in which shop keepers have to spend a week in a set time period, living and selling as in that time. Some of the things have surprised us and some make me long for the days of good service.

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Here’s some funny Christmas jokes, just for a laugh.

Your Christmas is Classic

Your wish for the New Year is good health.For you, Christmas is secular holiday. Religion doesn’t play a big part in it.You are patient when it comes to Christmas. You don’t celebrate too early, and you don’t like seeing holiday decorations in October.You like to have an authentic, traditional Christmas. Doing it the old fashioned way is important to you.You like to celebrate Christmas your own way, and you don’t like to have to compromise.You enjoy Christmas more than anyone you know. Some might call it an obsession!You like giving to your friends and family during Christmas. You focus on the people you’re close to.    

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.”
Author unknown


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Well here it is December, all together now

“Every year at just this time,
In cold and dark December,
Families around the world
All gather to remember,
With presents and with parties,
With feasting and with fun,
Customs and traditions
for people old and young.”
– Helen H. Moore

A word on cavity wall installation, one morning last week hubby came in from work saying ‘it’s freezing out there’ Me sat in my pjs thought ‘it’s not that cold.’ Then I went outside to find the water feature frozen soild. So cavity wall installation does work.

And today starts the old argument of ‘is it winter yet?’ Some say winter starts on the 1st, but I always go with the 21st, so it’s a case of please yourself.

The run up to December was cold, in fact it never got above freezing for days, it froze the water butt and turned the water feature into an ice sculpture, we even had ice on the inside of the windows and they are double glazed, that’s something I though I would never see again. Yesterday we got up to a light covering of snow, (yes I did jump up and down). I love a bit, (lot) of snow. I know it makes it hard for some people and I know people will moan about the light covering we have. Still we haven’t had it as bad as some, some people are snowed in already. Reports are saying this is already the coldest winter in 17 years and it hasn’t even started yet!

The timid visitor is not so timid anymore, he hung around and let me take this photo of him, I know he’s just biding his time until he can get at the fish, but you have to admit he is a handsome looking fellow. Considering we don’t really have a very large garden we have some lovely wildlife visit

It is said :

– The child born on Christmas Day will have a special fortune.

– Snow on Christmas means Easter will be green.

– You will have as many happy months in the coming year, as the number of houses you eat mince pies in during Christmastime.

– In Greece, some people burn their old shoes during the Christmas season to prevent misfortunes in the coming year.

– To have good health throughout the next year, eat an apple on Christmas Eve.

– The gates of Heaven open at midnight on Christmas Eve. Those who die then go straight to Heaven (an Irish belief).

– Christmas candles should be left burning until Christmas morning and should rest undisturbed from time of lighting until they are snuffed.

– Singing Christmas carols at any time other than during the festive season is unlucky.

– The yule log should be lit by a piece of the log used on the previous Christmas. Once that is done, no evil spirit can then enter into the house. The remains of the Yule log were also considered lucky, and would be a protection against lightning or fire.


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Nearly Another Week Over

I’ve learned…
That under everyone’s
Hard shell is someone
Who wants to be
And loved.


Right first of all Saturday night, channel 4, 9 ‘o’clock, Sweeny Todd. I saw this as the cinema when it first came out, it’s worth a watch.

I got up yesterday with one hell of a sore throat and earache, and it hasn’t got any better over night, I have drunk that much hot tea and lemon I slosh when I walk!

You Love the Holidays More than Anyone

The holidays are a special time for you, and you try to keep the holiday spirit going all year long.
You believe that this season is all about giving, and you love the chance to practice generosity.Whether you’re making someone smile with the perfect gift or feeding everyone cookies, the holidays always elevate your mood.
Just putting on your favorite holiday song always warms your heart. Even if it’s July!  


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