Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

It’s that time of year again when everyone eats too much, drinks too much, exchanges presents, gathers around the television to watch mindless rubbish and, if they’re really lucky, spends time with loved ones. I will, of course, be doing at least some of these things and I genuinely hope you are too.


But, in a world where so many wish to spread hatred and fear, where someone can say “an armed society is a polite society” and have other people agree, where people fleeing for their lives and for the lives of their children are referred to as cockroaches and treated without humanity, what I hope for most is that there actually is some hope for all of us.


And I just hope I’m not the only one.



I hope that the world stops raining
Stops turning its back on the young
See nobody here is blameless
I hope that we can fix all that we’ve done
I really hope Martin can’t see this
I hope that we still have a dream
I’m hoping that change isn’t hopeless
I’m hoping to start it with me
I just hope I’m not the only one
Yeah I just hope I’m not the only one

I hope we start seeing forever
Instead of what we can gain in a day
I hope we start seeing each other
Cause don’t we all bleed the same?
I really hope someone can hear me
That a child doesn’t bear the weight of a gun
Hope I find the voice within me to scream at the top of my lungs
I just hope I’m not the only one
Yeah I just hope I’m not the only one

Louder, I cannot hear you
How can things be better left unsaid?
Call me, call me a dreamer
But it seems that dreams are all that we’ve got left

I hope that we still have a heartbeat
I hope we don’t turn to stone
At night when you turn the lights off
I hope you don’t cry alone
I hope we stop taking for granted
All of the land and all of the sea
I’m taking a chance on loving
I hope that you take it with me

I just hope I’m not the only one
I just hope I’m not the only one
I just hope I’m not the only one

Hope – Emeli Sandé


Every Christmas I make a charitable donation. This year I’m supporting Save the Children, in particular their Syria Crisis Appeal. If you wish to make a donation too, you can do so here:

Save the Children – Syria Crisis Appeal


Sending you all lots of love and wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, hopeful and peaceful New Year.


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Is it Christmas already?


A few months ago I told myself that if I was still out of work by Christmas I would really need to start seriously worrying. Luckily for me I’ve been spared that trauma and I could not be more grateful. Inevitably though I’ve had to neglect this blog while I settle into my new job and try desperately to catch up on sleep because it turns out that working is exhausting. How did I forget this?


Being in a school at Christmas is a joyful but very busy time. We had a kids’ Christmas party, two carol concerts with the children performing, one staff panto (oh yes!), a secret Santa of epic proportions, one fancy staff lunch, a sausage sandwich and far too much chocolate. Before anyone asks I didn’t have to dress up for the panto, I just had to hide behind a cardboard Christmas tree. And as for Secret Santa, every member of staff, over 130, was included, plus every child received a personalised gift! I was seriously impressed.


All that being said Christmas seems to have crept up on me rather quickly. It tapped me on the shoulder at the end of last week and frightened the life out of me! I am woefully unprepared this year and no amount of Christmas carols, secret Santa gifts and chocolate has made me feel festive. I went out on Sunday and finally did some Christmas shopping. I’m never that organised when it comes to buying presents but this year I really let the side down. I did manage to do it all and am hoping the postman delivers the final one today otherwise it’s going to be rather late – independent sellers on Amazon are a bit unreliable on the delivery front.


I did make a vat of spiced red cabbage on Monday which is as much cooking as I’m doing this year. I love it and it’s my alternative to sprouts which I hate! And a vat is no exaggeration. My casserole holds almost 7 litres and it was full to the brim with cabbage before I put it in the oven. Two and a half hours later it had reduced by half but there is still enough to feed five on Christmas Day with leftovers and a further 7 portions in the freezer for me to enjoy over the weeks to come!


So, I have to pack a bag for a couple of days away at my parents’ house so I shall leave you with the promise that I will be blogging properly very soon. I have several posts on the go and just need to find a bit of spare time. I’m hoping that after the New Year I will be less tired and feel more like writing in the evenings and at weekends.


Wherever you are I hope you have a lovely Christmas and wish you a happy, healthy and peaceful 2014.

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