Tag Archives: Christmas

I’ll Still 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. This is the first post I have ever recycled. I think I shall do this every Christmas, and start a new tradition. 

 

Hey Santa!

Little Monkey 1

Little Monkey 1 – photo credit my daughter DD

 

Hey Santa!

I’m not Naughty, I’m Nice!

I’ve not been Bad, I’m Good!

And I don’t know how to pout!

So will you bring me lots of treats?

Little Monkey 2

Little Monkey 2 – photo credit my daughter DD

Pretty please!

 

I think Little Monkey has been listening to too many Christmas Carols. She knows Santa Claus is Coming to Town very soon, and wants to state her case!

post script: Here is a fun version of ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’, sung by Fred Astaire. Enjoy!

 

Not Even a Mouse

Striped Mouse 1

Striped Mouse 1

 

 

Twas the night before Christmas

When all through the house

Not a creature was stirring

Not even a mouse

 

Striped Mouse 2

Striped Mouse 2

This minute little Four-Striped Grass Mouse was spotted by my friend S at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens last month.

Striped Mouse 3

Striped Mouse 3

Active during the day, he was scurrying about his business, not a care in the world.

Striped Mouse 4

Striped Mouse 4

You can see the stripes quite well in these two photos.

Striped Mouse 5

Striped Mouse 5

Even for a mouse, he was tiny, and very hard to spot in the undergrowth. We think maybe he was a teenager, not a baby, as he had his stripes, but there was still something babyish about his looks.

Striped Mouse 6

Striped Mouse 6

See how quickly you can spot him in the photo above!

 

Oh Christmas Tree, Cape Town

Cape Town Airport 1

Cape Town Airport 1

Christmas is waiting to greet you, when you arrive at Cape Town airport.

Cape Town Airport 2

Cape Town Airport 2

Welcome to the Mother City, oh weary traveller from the North.

Have some SUN!

 

post script: I first learnt this carol, Oh Christmas Tree, at school, in French. So here is the French version for you to listen to: sung by Nana Mouskouri; Mon Beau Sapin.

 

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Partridge in a Pear Tree 1

Partridge in a Pear Tree 1

Actually, a  Pigeon in a Willow Tree, Cape Town.

But close enough!

Well, what do you expect from the ‘Other Down Under’ in mid-summer?

Partridge in a Pear Tree 2

Partridge in a Pear Tree 2

Of course, I am referring to the Christmas carol; the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Here are Twelve Interesting Things You Might Not Know about the song and you can listen to it Here.

Partridge in a Pear Tree 3

Partridge in a Pear Tree 3

And because it’s not called the Silly Season for nothing, why not listen to this hilarious version sung by animals?

 

post script: I see from my Silly Season link that those of you in the Northern Hemisphere may not know what I am talking about, as it means something different to you. But in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, the Silly Season refers to the Christmas / New Year period. Why? Have you ever tried to celebrate a traditional Christmas in searing temperatures?

 

Turn Up the Heat

LM in Heat Wave

LM in Heat Wave

Even Little Monkey, (bred on the streets of Cape Town, by natural selection, to withstand the harsh southern summers), succumbs to the enervating heatwave.

Am I dreaming of a White Christmas?

You bet!

 

post script: What’s the white thing behind her head? It’s an empty plastic milk bottle that had treats in. Her “toy” then provides lots of fun in trying to get the treats out of the bottle. What used to take her 40 minutes now takes less than 5, but the bottle then stays by her for many days, to be chewed at will.

 

Angels From the Realms of Glory

Little Angels

Little Angels

Stunningly beautiful statues in relief, high up on the ceiling, at the Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin.

I am sure you have all been listening to Christmas carols in the shops for weeks already, but since it is now December, I think I can talk about this one.

Angels from the Realms of Glory is a lovely Christmas carol. It has two versions, with the same words but different tunes, and we sang both as kids, in school in the north of England.

It was difficult to find a plain rendition of this classic carol, but you can listen to a version of it here.

 

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 bit sad to me.

So here is Elvis to sing it like it is.

 

I’m taking a few days break now, so will see you next week.

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!

 

Advent

Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

An Advent calendar helps kids count down the days to Christmas, and all those anticipated presents!

We had an old sparkly one, brought out each year of my childhood, and took turns opening the little window to find the picture hidden behind. In later years they came with chocolate behind the windows, but much as I love chocolate, I didn’t care for these calendars.

My sister was delighted when she found the above Advent calendar Christmas card and couldn’t wait to send it to me. I am still enjoying opening the little windows (sharing turns with my daughter) and seeing the tiny pictures.

Tiny Christmas Tree

Tiny Christmas Tree

And here, by special request (Ady), is a photo of my tiny artificial Christmas tree.

 

Oh Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree 1

Christmas Tree 1

 

I wish this marvellous tree was in my garden, and not in a neighbour’s round the block.

Christmas Tree 2

Christmas Tree 2

With a tree like this, who needs one inside, all decorated with wessel cups?

Christmas Tree 3

Christmas Tree 3

I pass by this wonder quite often, when I walk the dogs this way; always meaning to take a photo. Today was the day!

And what were the dogs doing?

Little Monkey and Mt Spaghetti Legs

Little Monkey and Mr Spaghetti Legs

Waiting patiently, of course. And yes, LM is sitting with her bum up on the kerb! Such an elegant lady!

It was nearly 5pm, (long shadows), but still hot. Frosty the snowman was nowhere to be seen!

post script: I have googled this tree for you. It is an Illawarra flame tree; Brachychiton acerifolius. You’re welcome!