Best wishes to all my readers, subscribers, facebook fans and stumblers. Here’s to you and yours having a wonderful Christmas. I leave you with a poem by T.S. Eliot. A fitting poem for the year that we have had I think.
The Journey of the Magi
A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a long journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter.
And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory,
Lying down in the melting snow.
There were times when we regretted
The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces,
And the silken girls bringing sherbet.
Then the camel men cursing and grumbling
And running away, and wanting their liquor and women,
And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters,
And the cities dirty and the towns unfriendly
And the villages dirty and charging high prices:
A hard time we had of it.
At the end we preferred to travel all night,
Sleeping in snatches,
With the voices singing in our ears, saying
That this was all folly.
Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley,
Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation;
With a running stream and a water mill beating the darkness,
And three trees on the low sky,
And an old white horse galloped away in the meadow.
Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel,
Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver,
And feet kicking the empty wineskins.
But there was no information, and so we continued
And arrived at evening, not a moment too soon
Finding the place; it was (you may say) satisfactory.
All this was a long time ago, I remember,
And I would do it again, but set down
This set down
This: were we led all that way for
Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly,
We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different; this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.
So I am just home from another night on the canvass. It was an interesting experience, but quote an uplifting one on a number of fronts. One was the response we got on the doorstop. Yes, while it was mainly anti-Government there was some very Pro-FG responses. Others wanted to complain and were eventually brought around.
The other reason it was uplifting was the Christmas decorations on all the houses. Lots of houses were all set for Christmas and of course that did make a difference to peoples attitude.
Very few people mentioned the budget, even tough it is tomorrow. It will be interesting next week to see what effect the budget will have on the doorstep.
It was an interesting experience tough canvassing tonight. Plenty of slipping and sliding around the estate, but no major falls. We called it a night once it started to rain as it was most likely to get worse. I wonder will it snow tonight?
Every year NORAD, who are responsible for North American Air Defence, track Santa’s journey around the Globe. They have a website which is fantasic (and tells me that he is leaving in 13hrs!) and they have integrated with Google Earth so you can track Santa via that or via video, which is probably what I will be doing! Bitz, one Santa’s elfs, has discovered Twitter and is helping Norad track santa using that!
You can embed a map tracking santa on your site here like I have done below!
Merry Christmas and I hope Santa is good to you when he reaches you and you are well tucked up in bed like I will be!!
This morning I posted on Facebook and Twitter that today was Christmas Eve Eve and it did confuse someone. I am not sure where myself and my sister came up with this one (I think it was mainly her) but instead of calling today the Eve of Christmas Eve, we called it Christmas Eve Eve! I was talking to Russell today on the phone and he had not seen Facebook or twitter and called today Christmas Eve Eve! I know its a strange name for a day but why not! Do you have any strange names for days around Christmas?
Image by stephen.spillane via FlickrChristmas has a variety of meanings for Christmas, from religious to commercialism. But sometimes people do forget that “Christmas Spirit” that does exist.
This Christmas is very special for me in a number of ways. Firstly it is topping off a fabulous year that doesn’t stop getting better and secondly its the first with himself.
Christmas is a special time of year and it is a family time, to be with ones you love. Christmas in my house is all about family, so the Internet and computers are normally banned for the day. Which is no harm.
For me Christmas cant come fast enough and this year it is no different. I have everything sorted since last week and I am working right up to around 5pm on Christmas Eve, so I have no choice but to be ready!
I am a big kid at heart and love Christmas. I often have problems sleeping on Christmas Eve and I am awake really early on the day itself. My Dad is as bad. I love surprises and I have no idea what I am getting though I wrote out a list of ideas (Letter to Santa basically) I cant remember what I wrote on it! So really excited. I have already exchanged presents with himself and I love what he got me. A box set of Eddie Izzard DVD’s! Hilarious stuff
To me Christmas is always about family. It is a day I give thanks for them. My family are my support, my rock and they are what I am most thankful for every year. They supported me this year through alot. Moving to Germany, which was hard as I am a home bird, coming back to no job (which thankfully wasn’t long) and the many other great things my family has done for me over the last 12 months.
So Mum, Dad (even though you don’t read this but I’m sure Mum will tell you!) and Claire. Thank You.
I hope you like your presents 😀
And to all my readers Merry Christmas! Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas!
Image by stephen.spillane via FlickrWell its the last weekend before Christmas and I think the song I have picked for this week’s “Tune of the weekend” is one that will be played in clubs and bars up and down the country this weekend. In fact on the last two Friday nights I went out I heard it! It is another one of my favourite christmas songs and one I use to drag himself out to dance for. It’s by Mariah Carey and I think yoy can guess the name of the song!
Image by stephen.spillane via FlickrWell this time next week it will be Christmas Eve so I think a Christmas song is in order for the mid week tune! I have chosen one of my favoourite Christmas songs and I hope you enjoy it too! It is Jona Lewie’s with “Stop the Cavalry”