Christmas spirit is an interesting thing. For some, it starts to seep into consciousness mid-September, before we’ve even hit Halloween. For others, it’s around about the last week of November: just after the Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. For me, it’s a feeling that really appears when December arrives, but it’s often been hovering in the background for a while; it shows itself in the application of Christmas bedlinen or the occasional Christmas soundtrack.
A lot of this week’s kindness was to myself. I was reminded that you cannot pour from an empty cup and that sometimes you have to look after yourself before you look after others.
Following the announcement that Max Porter has scooped the Young Writer of the Year award I’ve decided it’s high time I review Grief is the Thing With Feathers which I read a fair while ago.
It is a remarkable piece of writing.
Tom Fletcher of Pooping Dinosaur McFly fame has written a children’s novel and it’s brilliant.
William Trundle is a boy who loves dinosaurs and his dad is a man who loves Christmas. There is a lot at stake to make their wishes come true this year; can Santa pull it off?
A young boy’s Christmas wish, crumpets, Father Christmas and a giant dinosaur. What more could you want from a Christmas story? Excellent illustrations, I hear you cry; thanks to Shane Devries it has those too. My goodness, they are beautiful.
It’s been a week and I have done something nice for someone every day. I must admit that I’m really struggling to find kind things to do that don’t cost me money. So it’s been rather an expensive week.
As his fingers itched to break the perforated cardboard barrier, the sweet aroma filled the boy’s nostrils.
‘Okay say cheese,’ his mother’s voice broke his trance; he looked towards the camera, grinned widely and shouted ‘Chocolate!’
Finally, now that the annual first day of advent photograph had been taken, the boy could break through to the small chocolatey square hidden behind Spongebob’s face.
2016 has been quite the year.
Births, deaths, political turmoil, honestly at times I wondered whether the entire year was a joke. Even on a personal level this year has been tough.
Despite how difficult this year has been on some levels, I have been successful in achieving all of the goals I laid out for myself this year, and with a month left!