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December 27, 2017

secret santa
posted by soe 1:58 am

My Secret Santa presents from The Broke and the Bookish swap arrived a couple weeks ago and I’ve been remiss about sharing the goodies.


My package came from Louisiana from Emily. She sent me some fun gifts:

#TBTBSanta Reveal

Emily sent me two books — Me Before You, which I’ve been wanting to read for years and A Court of Thorns and Roses, whose author, Sarah Maas, I’ve been curious about. She added Pride and Prejudice-themed book flags and a Cajun Survival Kit, which includes, among other things Spanish moss, a tabasco packet, and miniature crawfish and crab. It also contained a mosquito, which thankfully escaped during shipping.

Thanks, Emily! I’m looking forward to reading the books in the new year!

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December 26, 2017

wishing you and yours
posted by soe 2:18 am

Mum & Dad's Christmas Tree

Our Christmas was very nice and included snowflakes drifting past the windows throughout the morning, Christmas tunes on the stereo, many wonderful presents, watching birds, calls with loved ones far away, and a delicious supper followed by A Pocketful of Miracles and the best trifle I’ve made in years (must have been all that laughter). It also included shoveling snow, just so you don’t get too jealous.

Now I’m going to sleep for many, many hours in a row.

I hope you had a lovely Monday and, if you celebrate, a very merry Christmas.

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December 25, 2017

virtual advent tour: merry christmas
posted by soe 5:30 am

virtual advent tour

Technically, Advent concludes on the 24th of December because, as Bridget and others have pointed out, Advent is about the waiting and the anticipation. By the 25th, Christ and Christmas have arrived, so there’s no need to wait any longer. However, some Advent calendars include a door for the 25th, so I’m going to cheat and have one, too, albeit with only a brief post.

Christmas has arrived. In Connecticut, where I’m spending the holiday, snow fell overnight, so we’ll be having a white Christmas. It’ll just be my folks, Rudi, and me this year, so I suspect the day will move slowly and casually with lots of food, music, and movies interspersed with calls and texts from loved ones far away.

Not everything on my to-do list got crossed off, but enough has. We’ve made spritz cookies (Mum made the dough and the cookies, and Dad and I decorated) and trifle, which involved a lot of laughter on my part, as various parts of it fell apart. Mum (with the help of Rudi’s unflagging whipping arm) made homemade egg nog, which we drank last night — two ginormous, rich glasses apiece. We ran out of time for gingerbread, so that’ll be put off for a day or two.

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved in the Virtual Advent Tour, from those who read posts quietly, to those who left comments, we were grateful for your companionship on this tour. A most sincere thank you to those who wrote one or more posts during the Virtual Advent Tour — Nancy (who stepped up to write a third post for me when I was feeling overwhelmed), Jo Kay, kathy b, radiergirl3, Bridget, Rudi, Kat, Elise, Nina, Molly Totoro, and Tobia. There would be no tour without your participation, and I’m grateful you were willing to take the time to share such personal, thoughtful reflections on your holidays. It has made December a real joy to visit your blogs and find out how your season was going. I hope you’ll all be back next year.

And in the meantime, Happy Christmas from my family to yours. May your days be merry and bright and full of light and joy and peace.

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December 24, 2017

virtual advent tour: day 24
posted by soe 6:00 am

virtual advent tour

Happy Christmas Eve! I hope wherever you are in your Christmas preparations that you’re doing them in the vicinity of loved ones and with a mug or glass of your favorite holiday libation to sip from.

My to-do list is still long, so I am particularly grateful to Bridget at The Ravell’d Sleave, who volunteered to take on the role of host this final day of The Virtual Advent Tour. She has a great post on the hope, anticipation, and love of Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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December 23, 2017

virtual advent 2017: day 23
posted by soe 5:30 am

virtual advent tour

Welcome to the penultimate day of the Virtual Advent Tour. In addition to being “the day before the day before the best day of the year,” Dec. 23 is the modern holiday of Festivus, a day for, according to Seinfeld, “the rest of us” who don’t celebrate religious holidays. Festivus is marked by a feast, a Festivus pole, the “Airing of Grievances,” “Feats of Strength,” and Festivus miracles. It is also the Night of the Radishes, a celebration in Oaxaca, Mexico, in which the root vegetables are carved into ornate scenes, like elaborate jack o’lanterns, which are then judged in a competition. The event was first celebrated in 1897 and has become so popular the city now supplies the radishes to those who wish to compete.

The host for today is Tobia at craftaliciousme, who blogs from Germany. Tobia shares her Christmas tree decorating habits in her post. Make sure you click through — she puts candles on her tree!

See you back here tomorrow for our final Virtual Advent Tour post!

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December 22, 2017

virtual advent 2017: day 22
posted by soe 5:30 am

virtual advent tour

It’s the final Friday of our tour, which means we’re heading into the home stretch for getting everything done. Rudi and I are hitting the road for Connecticut imminently in our attempt to beat an ice storm to my folks’ place.

The song for the day comes from John Lennon via Vance Gilbert, a folk singer who attended the same college Rudi and I did (although a few years before our tenure). Vance has a big, distinctive voice and is one of those singers they’d ask to kick off the gospel hour Sunday morning during folk festivals, partly because he really didn’t need a microphone to reach even the tents furthest from the stage and a sense of humor that lends itself to side conversations with the ASL interpreters about the signs they were using.

Today the Virtual Advent Tour door opens on Molly Totoro of my cozy book nook. Molly is a regular Virtual Advent Tour contributor and one of the few folks from the original tour who’ve migrated with us. Today she has a post that’s near to my Nutmegger heart in which she recounts a funny story relating to the Feast of Seven Fishes and shares a recipe for one of the dishes.

See you tomorrow!

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