Are you sitting comfortably?
Then I'll begin...
And thank you to
for inviting us to share
our Winter celebrations.
(Whenever I say 'Christmas'
feel free to insert the
of your choice.)
Part of what makes Christmas special
is the repetition of customs and traditions
that inspire feelings of nostalgia and pleasure,
building on happy memories of previous years.
When we talk about childhood Christmases
we tumble the best bits together,
and good things get carried forward
to become part of every Christmas.
One year, not long after we'd married,
Hubby asked me to read aloud to him.
Understand, dear souls,
No one had ever asked me
to read aloud to them before.
He wanted me to read him
A Christmas Carol.
|Not us. Some couple by Renoir.|
So I did.
Tucked up together on the sofa,
wrapped in a blanket and
drinking steaming hot tea,
I read the whole thing.
|I know him; Marley's ghost!|
It took three readings
to complete the story,
and its transformative tale
of a man's redemption.
I found I loved reading it,
and he enjoyed being read to,
so now it's part of every Christmas.
We set aside evenings for it,
with cookies and cocoa,
and I have to have a hanky
because I get all choked up.
|He: Are you all right, my dear? She: No! Tiny Tim just died!|
It's a simple thing to do.
It costs nothing and
you can find the book for free on-line.
(Although we are considering buying a nice version
as my old paperback copy is getting very battered.)
|Maybe one with Arthur Rackham's wonderful illustrations?|
There's a wonderful intimacy
in reading aloud;
it's a shared experience
that's unlike anything else.
|Also not us. Paolo e Francesca|
I look forward to it every year.
If you want to try it
I'd set aside three evenings.
The first for Marley's visit
The second for Christmas Past
and Christmas Present.
And the last for
Christmas Yet To Come.
and Christmas morning.
light lots of candles,
and enjoy the role
of the Storyteller.
|Links to making your own Marley Door Knocker can be found here.|
To share in other celebrations,
hop over to Ms Misantropia's Blog
to join in