Monthly Archives: December 2015

Soul Food: 12 Days of Christmas Left-overs

The first day of Christmas is such a feast – the table groaning with freshly roasted turkey, ham, a variety of stuffings, vegetables, side dishes and sauces. All followed by puddings and cakes galore. The second day, Boxing Day, is almost … Continue reading

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Soul Food: Boxing Day Parcels

Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, is so named because this is the day when those ‘downstairs’ could have their Christmas celebrations, and boxes of foodstuffs were given to those who worked on the estate. Christmas boxes would also be … Continue reading

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Christmas Day Open House

The biggest role I was ever allowed to play in the nativity was the innkeeper’s wife, but even then I wasn’t given a line to speak. The innkeeper of course got to utter those memorable words ‘no room at the … Continue reading

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Midnight Mass: No Crib for a Bed

This year, along with many others, I have found myself shocked, saddened, outraged and moved to tears by the plight of so many desperate people, risking life and limb to find a safe haven. I have been shocked that parents … Continue reading

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Carols by Candlelight

One of my favourite moments in the lead up to Christmas is the 9 Lessons and Carols sung in churches large and small across the nation as well as being broadcast on television and radio. The church is decorated for … Continue reading

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Advent 4: A Bitter Sweet Calling

The fourth Sunday in advent is the week set aside to remember Mary – some churches even have a blue candle on their advent wreath, and blue vestments to boot (which for me would include nail varnish). The gospel reading … Continue reading

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Advent 3: A Holy Calling

A holy calling must be proved by a holy life.    Andrew Knowles This third week of advent is the week we set aside to the message of John the Baptist. John had been called since before he was even … Continue reading

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