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Christmas revised

I was advised that my post yesterday sounded a wee bit
shallow. It wasn’t meant to it. I had a very pleasant lunch good
company and just enough of the cheer. But I was conscious to
protect the privacy of those I was with most of home wouldn’t be up
to speed with blogging aren’t keen on photos and etc. So I gave you
dear readers what I felt was mine to give. The day was quiet and
not about me or mine so there was less to share. But I wanted to
share what I could. I did.

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A season too long.

Having dinner last night with friends in the food court of our major shopping centre referenced here. As the lift doors opened, I was horrified to be greeted by three gold reindeer! But it’s only October. My mother’s birthday is mid-November and I used to object if I saw Christmas decorations before her birthday.

I don’t get it. I understand that it’s been a tough year commercially probably. Then how are we supposed to maintain interest in shopping for Christmas for two months. I’m not even really in my summer clothes yet!

Perhaps decorations have gone up this early in previous years. I haven’t noticed. But I really crave a rhythm to the year that isn’t disturbed by the almighty dollar all the time. Christmas is, at least for some of us both religious or spiritual and at points, somewhat painful. It certainly isn’t always about shopping. It seems a bit insensitive to make it so commercial given that even for those without religious conviction, it can be a sensitive period of the year. And in many cases, we all walk in their credit card statements in January and decide that it is also an expensive time of year.

Or am I just being a Scrooge?

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Bake sale

This is a photo of this evening’s labour. My first attempt at baking in this kitchen, with this oven since the move but more importantly for me it’s shortbread complete with my grandmother’s pricking technique.

It may not have been so evenly spread but for a first batch in several years it smells amazing.

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