Christmas Eve!

It's Christmas Eve! I've been so looking forward to this day! As I type, there's very light snow (very light snow), the fire is on, the birds are singing, the hens are pottering about, and I've just finished icing the cake.

So, I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, I hope everyone has a lovely day, and I leave you with my favourite Christmas quote from 'A Christmas Dinner', found in Sketches by Boz, by Charles Dickens (1846).

Christmas time! The man must be a misanthrope indeed, in whose breast something like a jovial feeling is not roused - in whose mind some pleasant associations are not awakened - by the recurrence of Christmas. There are people who will tell you that Christmas is not to them what it used to be: that each succeeding Christmas has found some cherished hope, or happy prospect, of the year before, dimmed or passed away, and that the present only serves to remind them of reduced circumstances and straightened incomes - of the feasts they once bestowed on hollow friends, and the cold looks that meet them now, in adversity and misfortune. Never heed such reminiscences. There are few men who have lived long enough in the world, who cannot call up such thoughts any day in the year. Then do not select the merriest of the three hundred and sixty-five, for your doleful recollections, but draw your chair nearer the blazing fire - fill the glass and send round the song - and if your room be smaller than it was a dozen years ago, or if your glass be filled with reeking punch, instead of sparkling wine, put a good face on the matter, and empty it off-hand, and fill another, and troll off the old ditty you used to sing, and thank God it's no worse... Reflect upon your present blessings - of which every man has many - not your misfortunes, of which all men have some. Fill your glass again, with a merry face and contented heart. Our life upon it, but your Christmas shall be merry, and your new year a happy one!

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  1. I appreciate the quote from Sketches! Such a good reminder about where to focus :)

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    1. It is indeed - Dickens sums up Christmas perfectly :)

      Merry Christmas!

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  2. Merry Christmas! I'm celebrating Christmas alone but I have a fluffy bunny to keep me company and books :).

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    1. That's too bad! You could come for Christmas dinner but I have a feeling that we live very far apart! ;-)

      We have a very cute bunny too. He's got quite a personality and is like one of the family.

      Merry Christmas to you!

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    2. You're so nice, I live in Sweden at the moment but thank God for Skype :). Hope you're all having a nice Christmas evening!

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    3. Oh, you have a bunny? That's so lovely! :) I hope you have a lovely day :)

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    4. Yes, Sweden and Canada are rather far away! Well, we will be thinking of you on Christmas day ....... with our bunny! We are overwhelmed with family at the moment and a nice quite Christmas is looking very good to us! Have a wonderful Christmas, in any case, with your fluffy friend and your books. Or should I say, "God Jul!"

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  3. Merry Christmas, O! All the best!

    Oh, and congratulations in making blog posts every single day! Quite an accomplishment! And, of course, they are fun to read! :-)

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    1. Hear! Hear! How exciting: a lovely post every day!

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    2. Thank you, both :) Have a lovely Christmas!

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  4. Merry Christmas to you and your family :)

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    1. Thanks Sam, same to you - have a great day :)

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  5. A very merry holidays to you, and all the others (family, budgies, chickens - I may be missing someone, apologies :) )

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    1. Thank you, hope you had a lovely day :)

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  6. A lovely passage I'd not read before.

    Merry Christmas and a lovely day to you and yours!

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    1. Thank you, and I'm glad you liked the passage. I love Sketches by Boz, but this part is probably my favourite!

      Hope you had a good Christmas :)

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