Christmas gamble

My favourite Christmas fairy

Every year, the same question looms over thoughts of Christmas – where to be? In Ireland, on the Isle of Man, up north, at a sister or brother’s house, or at home – with whoever comes our way.

The gamble is – will we get there? Snow… strikes… the rough old Irish Sea… Or will they get here?

I just had a feeling about the weather earlier this year, and the disruption it would cause – so I opted to avoid travelling.

So far two sisters have been turned away from crossing to Ireland – flights cancelled, then cancelled again. Over to you bro, see if you can make it.

Their knock backs make my choice to stay put seem prescient. To not spend Christmas in Belfast isn’t ideal. But I’m happy to skip interminable sojourns in soulless airports.

And the tally of those coming here is looking good. Two collected from their flight. Altogether five arrived and fed. Two en route – allegedly. They should get here before Santa (according to the latest Norad coordinates).

The food is in. The barrel is cracked open.

Which means it’s time for me to wish you all a Happy Christmas (and a mellow new year – in case things get so out of hand I’m incommunicado till then) and thank you for your support and interest over the past year. Thank you.

Here are some seasonal goodies for you:

30 Christmas songs in 60 seconds:

The nativity told via social networking:

The perils of going over the top with nativity play authenticity. Just stick to tea towels and dressing gown, alright? No need to get carried away. I mean, a real camel? Sheesh.

By the time you read this, you may be sick of Christmas songs. Even – sharp intake of breath – my favourite, A Fairytale of New York by the Pogues and the late Kirsty MacColl. So here’s one you may not know – Elvis Costello and the Chieftans – St Stephen’s Day Murders. (St Stephen, you know, the fella with the Green in Dublin… ach, alright – better known as Boxing Day.)

I knew of two sisters whose name it was Christmas,
And one was named Dawn of course, the other one was named Eve.
I wonder if they grew up hating the season,
The good will that lasts til the Feast of St. Stephen

And here’s the song. (He does look a bit like an elf or Christmas troll.)

Happy Christmas.

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17 responses to “Christmas gamble

  1. blackwatertown

    And the last two have just arrived. Best be off to feed them.

  2. have a good one; love your posts

  3. TaylorGooderham

    Merry Christmas, dude! Hope it’s a good one!

  4. Merry Christmas, Paul, and a prosperous and happy new year as well.

  5. A very Merry Christmas to you and thanks for the “Christmas goodies!!” How thoughtful of you to post them for us all 🙂 Hope you and all those you are sharing the day with have a wonderful Christmas Day 🙂

  6. That face, those eyes, that smile, precious little children have a way of making us forget the misery outside…

    Inside too. They can chase away every care and fill us with so much joy.

    Happy New Year to you and your family Paul.

  7. That favorite fairy has the loveliest old-fashioned genuine little girl look. You are so fortunate and I know that you know it. I hope you don’t run out of sugarplums, “sauce,” and food.

    “Some hae meat and canna eat,
    And some wad eat that want it,
    But we hae meat and we can eat,
    And sae the Lord be thankit.”
    — Robert Burns

  8. I hope everyone got where they needed to be safely and that your Christmas was divine. That 30 songs in 60 seconds was hilarious! Wish I had found it first! 😉

  9. blackwatertown

    Thanks all.
    Maxi and Samhenry you’re right.
    Renée – Not quite everyone got where they wanted to be, but it all worked out fine. Except for one appalling story, which I’ll share with you in a bit.

  10. I Hope You Had A Good Christmas [with water to put in your Whiskey?]& Best Wishes for 2011.

  11. Barbara

    What a sweet Christmas fairy!
    I didn’t travel far for Christmas, but still I managed to wind up skidding all over the road in my car the day after… It was the same here in the States, huge storms backing up flights for over a week. What an ordeal, especially for those trying to fly with little ones.
    Poor camel! I hope no one got seriously hurt!
    Wishing you and your family a wonderfully happy, healthy New Year! And looking forward to more of your posts!

    • blackwatertown

      Glad you survived the skidding. I took the kids out for some deliberate skidding in an empty car park. They were impressed by that until they heard about their 10-year-old cousin who drives a Renault Clio round fields near her house.
      Apologies for the post hiatus so far this year. I’ll get going properly shortly.

      • Barbara

        My husband used to do that deliberate skidding in parking lots with our kids when they were little. Mom stayed home. Dad was so much fun!!!

  12. BWT, great to hear everyone arrived and you had LOTS of fun. Skidding and imbibing with fam and friends…what more could one want?

    Waiting for some posts 🙂

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