A Very British Merry Christmas!

2013-12-16 10.17.26Having been away from the Christmas atmosphere of the UK for eight years, I am embracing the festivities with renewed joy. A family gathering on the big day will be our first with our son-in-law and two-year old granddaughter. New memories will be made.

 

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Made: Two Christmas cakes, Two Christmas puddings, and a heap of other goodies.

Christmas cards and gifts have been handmade or purchased from craft fayres, and only one trip to a major town for gift purchasing was necessary. Bliss.

snowflkWe have a real Christmas tree and the pine aroma is wafting around the conservatory. Decorating a tree with my mother again was something I never knew I would do, I left home aged eighteen and am … well, let’s just say slightly a few years over my teens. We had fun reminiscing over the baubles etc.

 

 

ClipartI would like to take this opportunity to thank all who support this blog and my guests both here, and on The Virtual Bookcase.

 

 

Holly_NameIf you celebrate Christmas, I wish you a Very British Merry Christmas, and if you do not, I wish you peace in your lives.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

                  Christmas Bells

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

Christmas Bells

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play, 
    And wild and sweet 
    The words repeat 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

And thought how, as the day had come, 
The belfries of all Christendom 
    Had rolled along 
    The unbroken song 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

Till ringing, singing on its way, 
The world revolved from night to day, 
    A voice, a chime, 
    A chant sublime 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

Then from each black, accursed mouth 
The cannon thundered in the South, 
    And with the sound 
    The carols drowned 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

It was as if an earthquake rent 
The hearth-stones of a continent, 
    And made forlorn 
    The households born 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

And in despair I bowed my head; 
"There is no peace on earth," I said; 
    "For hate is strong, 
    And mocks the song 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!" 

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: 
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; 
    The Wrong shall fail, 
    The Right prevail, 
With peace on earth, good-will to men."

– See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16819#sthash.XToIqN6j.dpuf

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About Glynis Smy

I live in the UK, in the seaside town of, Dovercourt~Harwich, where I enjoy writing novels. I've written historical romance/suspense, Medical romance and my latest WIP is in the crime genre. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research. Proud writing moments in my life: Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Fiction 2014 New Talent Award Reaching second round of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Maggie's Child: reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list. May 2014 #3 Historical Romance Victorian, and #25 in Historical Romance paid top 100 best-seller list. Top 100 in three categories on Amazon UK best-seller listings in 2015. Seeing my books in a Suffolk (UK), library. Over the years I've written short stories in a variety of genres. I've also won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters.
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18 Responses to A Very British Merry Christmas!

  1. Glynis – I’m sure you’re excited to have your family round you. I hope you savour the holiday. Happy Christmas and all the best to you and your family. Have a happy and healthy 2014!

  2. Looks like you are set for a great holiday. Enjoy. 😀 We’re spending ours with our first grandchild, too. Yay!

  3. denizb33 says:

    Love all that baking! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  4. Have a wonderful holiday, dear Glynis, and a super new year! With much love always, my friend! =D

  5. A lovely post, Glynis. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

  6. Merry Christmas, Glynis!

  7. jakill says:

    What a delightful post, Glynis. You sound so happy and I’m so pleased for you. Have a wonderful tme and a great 2014.

  8. Loribeth says:

    Merry Christmas, my dear friend! I’m so excited for you being able to make new Christmas memories and reliving old ones. This is going to be a very special Christmas for you.

    Sending you lots of love and hugs.

  9. Glynis Smy says:

    Loribeth, thank you. This year is a very special one, definitely! Hugs to you and Jim. Good health for you and your family in 2014 xx Happy Christmas!

  10. hilarymb says:

    Hi Glynis – you have really embraced the British Christmas … but I bet your mother has enjoyed having you around again .. especially with the spicy aromas from the cakes and puddings, then all the other goodies for a real Christmas feast .. good for you for going local.

    Have a happy year ahead .. cheers Hilary

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