Tag Archives: Christmas

I’ll be Home on Christmas Day

 

I left home when I was 18, but still went home every Christmas.

I left England when I was 21. In the following years, before my parents both died, I was only “Home on Christmas Day” three times.

Though I made my own family Christmases here in South Africa, it is just not the same, celebrating Christmas in a very hot country, in the middle of summer.

Christmas will always feel a little sad to me.

So here is Elvis to sing it like it is.

Wishing those of you who celebrate it;

Merry Christmas;

and those of you who do not;

Happy Holidays. 

And sparing a thought for those who are lonely or sad at this time of year and sending you a Sunbeam!

 

post script: In the spirit of re-using last year’s Christmas wrapping paper, I am re-cycling last year’s Christmas post; because you can’t say it any better than Elvis.

Traditions fall away or are no longer viable (you can’t build a snowman without snow) so you have to start new ones. This is the fifth time I have recycled this post and it is now my new tradition. My Old Faithful (followers) will no doubt remember this post and join in the tradition.

 

If you have trouble watching this video, you could try here Elvis 1,  Elvis 2, or Elvis 3, or just search on YouTube for “Elvis, I’ll be home on Christmas Day.” It is worth the effort to hear Elvis singing this lovely song.

 

Sunday Musings #200

Research has shown that laughing for two minutes is just as healthy as a twenty minute jog. So now I’m sitting in the park laughing at all the joggers.

– Unknown

 

At this time of year I stop worrying about all the exercising and dieting. Yeah, we may eat, drink and be merry, but we also dash around like headless chickens trying to get everything done.

I figure it balances out in the end!

 

I Shall Be Home on Christmas Day

I left home when I was 18, but still went home every Christmas.

I left England when I was 21. In the following years, before my parents both died, I was only “Home on Christmas Day” three times.

Though I made my own family Christmases here in South Africa, it is just not the same, celebrating Christmas in a very hot country, in the middle of summer.

Christmas will always feel a little sad to me.

So here is Elvis to sing it like it is.

Wishing those of you who celebrate it;

Merry Christmas;

and those of you who do not;

Happy Holidays. 

And sparing a thought for those who are lonely or sad at this time of year and sending you a Sunbeam!

 

post script: In the spirit of re-using last year’s Christmas wrapping paper, I am re-cycling last year’s Christmas post; because you can’t say it any better than Elvis.

Traditions fall away or are no longer viable (you can’t build a snowman without snow) so you have to start new ones. This is the fourth time I have recycled this post and it is now my new tradition. My Old Faithful (followers) will no doubt remember this post and join in the tradition.

 

If you have trouble trying to watch this video, you could try here Elvis 1,  Elvis 2, or Elvis 3, or else just search on YouTube for “Elvis, I’ll be home on Christmas Day.” It is worth the effort to hear Elvis singing this lovely song.

 

Holiday Hiatus

Cheers!

While many of my WP Followers up in the North are digging themselves out of snow drifts, it is full on summer down here in Cape Town.

I shall be busy with family: sipping champagne under the shade of the ancient giant oaks; strolling along endless white sand beaches while the wind whips a cool breeze in our faces; and enjoying many afternoon teas with a backdrop of vineyards and mountains.

But it’s not all rosy down here at this time of year. Or rather, it is far too rosy!

As you roast your chestnuts on an open fire, with Jack Frost nipping at your nose, spare a thought for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, who are roasting in our own particular way at this time of year.

To get an idea of what it is like, put your turkey in the oven and turn the temperature up high. Open the oven door, sit in front of it and let the heat waft over you – for 15 hours.

That’s our Christmas!

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Though I won’t be around as often as usual for the next month or so, I will pop by WP now and then.

Wishing a Happy Holiday Season to one and all

– And see you when I see you.

 

Angel Chimes

Angel Chimes

May these Angel Chimes make Heavenly Music in your ears!

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As a kid we always had Angel Chimes on the table at Christmas and New Year. Along with the traditional paper crackers, they made the festive season more – festive!

The heat from the candles makes the angels slowly spin round. It brings a little magic to the evening to hear the angels tinging away as each taps the bells in turn.

Here in South Africa I spent many years looking for my own set of Angel Chimes, till finally one year I did find them, in a large department store. They played their Heavenly Music on my table every Christmas and New Year throughout my own kid’s childhood. Sadly, the Angel Chimes finally succumbed to metal fatigue and died.

Another gap trying to find new chimes. There were none to be found anywhere.

Then a few years ago my daughter happened to be in Scotland and stumbled across a specialty Christmas shop; in summer! Inside she found these Angel Chimes, that had been made in Sweden! She instantly bought them for me.

Now I could celebrate the festive season properly again.

Do any of you have Angel Chimes?

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Made in Sweden

Found in Scotland

Used in South Africa

Truly well-travelled chimes.

 

I’ll Be Home on Christmas Day Again

I left home when I was 18, but still went home every Christmas.

I left England when I was 21. In the following years, before my parents both died, I was only “Home on Christmas Day” three times.

Though I made my own family Christmases here in South Africa, it is just not the same, celebrating Christmas in a very hot country, in the middle of summer.

Christmas will always feel a little sad to me.

So here is Elvis to sing it like it is.

Wishing those of you who celebrate it;

Merry Christmas;

and those of you who do not;

Happy Holidays. 

And sparing a thought for those who are lonely or sad at this time of year and sending you a Sunbeam!

 

post script: In the spirit of re-using last year’s Christmas wrapping paper, I am re-cycling last year’s Christmas post; because you can’t say it any better than Elvis.

Traditions fall away or are no longer viable (you can’t build a snowman without snow) so you have to start new ones. This is the third time I have recycled this post and it is now my new tradition. My Old Faithful (followers) will no doubt remember this post and join in the tradition.

 

If you have trouble trying to watch this video, you could try here Elvis 1,  Elvis 2, or Elvis 3, or else just search on YouTube for “Elvis, I’ll be home on Christmas Day.” It is worth the effort to hear Elvis singing this lovely song.

 

I’ll Be Home Again on Christmas Day

I left home when I was 18, but still went home every Christmas.

I left England when I was 21. In the following years, before my parents both died, I was only “Home on Christmas Day” three times.

Though I made my own family Christmases here in South Africa, it is just not the same, celebrating Christmas in a very hot country, in the middle of summer.

Christmas will always feel a little sad to me.

So here is Elvis to sing it like it is.

Wishing those of you who celebrate it;

Merry Christmas;

and those of you who do not;

Happy Holidays. 

And sparing a thought for those who are lonely or sad at this time of year and sending you a Sunbeam!

 

post script: In the spirit of re-using last year’s Christmas wrapping paper, I am re-cycling last year’s Christmas post; because you can’t say it any better than Elvis.

Traditions fall away or are no longer viable, (you can’t build a snowman without snow); so you have to start new ones. This is the second time I have recycled this post and it is now my new tradition. 

If you have trouble trying to watch this video, you could try here Elvis 1,  Elvis 2, or Elvis 3, or else just search on YouTube for “Elvis, I’ll be home on Christmas Day.” It is worth the effort to hear Elvis singing this lovely song.

 

December Scenes

Beach 1

Beach 1

I love seeing winter photos on other blogs; typical December scenes from the Northern hemisphere.

I thought you might like to see some typical views from the Southern hemisphere.

So here are a few photos to tide you Northeners over the cold December weeks.

Beach 2

Beach 2

When you celebrate Christmas and the return of the sun, these are the sights you can look forward to, next summer.

Beach 3

Beach 3

On the other hand, I guess we Southerners will be celebrating the departure of the sun? – Which is in no way a bad thing!

Beach 4

Beach 4

Unless you are actually at the beach, December is way too hot down here!

 

O Holy Night

The incomparable Andy Williams

 

This is one of my favourite carols, if sung properly. Most singers nowadays tend to belt out this lovely carol full volume. I’d like to point out it is called ‘Holy Night’, not ‘Foghorn’!

Here is Andy Williams, one of my favourite singers, performing the carol beautifully, with his amazing voice control.

And I know Susan Boyle is a bit of an odd character, but she also sings this song beautifully. O Holy Night Susan Boyle

 

post script: Yes, it looks like the Christmas posts have begun. I don’t know about chestnuts roasting, but we certainly are! It is super hot today with barely a waft of wind; the sky is a perfect, clear, deep blue; the kids have started their long summer holiday; and the Cape is filling up with tourists. All of which points to the start of the festive season, aptly named the Silly Season here in SA.