Monthly Archives: December 2016

Ring in the New Year!

Nowadays most new year celebrations around the world begin on December 31st, New Year’s Eve, and continue into the early hours of  January 1st, New Year’s Day. But this hasn’t always been the observed date. The earliest New Year celebrations … Continue reading

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What Shall We Do On Boxing Day?

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So, today is Boxing Day here in the U.K. – the day after Christmas Day that serves to stretch the holiday out just that little bit longer. The day is a national holiday, which most…

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O Holy Night

I’d intended to include this section in my post about the history of Christmas carols yesterday, but decided against it when I realised I had more to write about than was wise for a single post. In addition, the focus … Continue reading

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A Chirp about Carol Singing

The word ‘Carol’ means a dance or song of praise and joy, originally written to be sung on various occasions throughout the year. Christmas carols are songs or hymns with lyrics specifically on the theme of  Christmas, and have been sung over the … Continue reading

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WInter Solstice Celebrations Through Time

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The word solstice comes from the Latin word, solstitium, which means ‘Sun standing still’. The December solstice is the day on which the Sun is at its most southerly point, directly overhead at the Tropic…

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A Fairytale Christmas at Doddington Hall

Doddington Hall is a family home located in the village of Doddington about five miles from the city of Lincoln, UK. It was built in the 16th century and is similar in design to other Elizabethan halls built at that … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Santa Run 2016

Today, Sunday December 11, we decided to head into Lincoln to watch the annual University of Lincoln Santa Fun Run, organised by the The Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia in aid of a number of local charities. The university itself … Continue reading

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The Holly and the Ivy … and a Little Sprig of Mistletoe

Over the last couple of years I’ve written a number of posts about Christmas traditions in the U.K. I’ve done posts about Christmas trees, Yule logs, Boxing Day and Wassailing. I’ve also written about the Winter Solstice celebrations and Christmas … Continue reading

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An Inappropriate Reply – FFfAW

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers is a writing challenge hosted by Priceless Joy. It involves writing a piece of fiction from the given photo prompt in around 75-150 words – give or take 25 words. If you’d like to join in … Continue reading

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