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Join us in the countdown to Christmas. Sorry no chocolate!
But we can give you a new post each day, from 25 different 'mobloggers', who will give us their perspective on the season.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a splendid New Year.

May 2015 be a good year for our small community and the wider world!

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Day 25 With a Christmas Wish

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We hear the beating of wings over Bethlehem, and a light that is not of the sun or of the stars shines in the midnight sky. Let the beauty of the story take away all narrowness, all thought of formal creeds. Let it be remembered as a story that has happened again and again, to men of many different races, that has been expressed through many religions, that has been called by many different names. Time and space and language lay no limitations upon human brotherhood. - New York Times, 25 December 1937

Merry Christmas to you all. May your day be filled with peace, love, and joy. x

Posted by AnnOminous

Twas the Night Before..........

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At this time of year, with the traditional festive season's greetings of good wishes, good cheer, good will and good fortune upon us for Christmas and the coming year, the child in us all sees the true meaning of Christmas as a time of generosity of spirit , of giving, providing food, warmth, shelter and comfort to all those we are able to reach out to, near or far.

The almost timeless telling of Santa's sleigh ride on Christmas Eve brings innocent wonder to the minds eye of toddlers and near tears of nostalgia to those same toddlers, now all grown up, seeking that treasured wonder and return to innocence we all once knew and lost as growing older took hold. It's why there is a child in us all who needs little encouragement to leave at chimney breast or door, mince pies and a tipple for Santa, together with carrots and cookies for Rudolph and his team of reindeers. We all need that magic, that belief.

A Very Merry Christmas and a Very Very Happy New Year to you and yours from me and mine. May all your wishes come true.

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONDER and BLITZEN!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!"

Clement Clarke Moore







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24th Dec 2015, 00:20   comments (9)

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There is nothing as uplifting as waking up to hear this young lady laughing downstairs. I wish you all similar spontaneous heartwarming events through the coming year.

Whatever you believe in and wherever you are, here's to you. Wishing you all the fun, health and happiness I wish for her and her family.

Posted by Dhamaka

Day 22: solstice

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“Winter is on my head but eternal spring is in my heart” Victor Hugo

As we pass the winter solstice, I’m looking forward to the first sign of longer days.
Wishing all of the moblog community peace and love this festive season x

Posted by EJ

22nd Dec 2015, 18:01   comments (11)

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Got my reindeer antlers on and I'm wearing my really ugly Christmas sweater. No snow so it's confusing here. Merry Christmas and all the best for us and the people we love in the new year. Dec 21 is the shortest day of our year. Find some light today, and maybe some pagan antics.

Posted by swamprose

21st Dec 2015, 06:11   comments (10)

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On purpose no snow in this photo. I can't remember a milder December in my lifetime.

Merry Christmas to all mobloggers and your families

Posted by mysteritmo

20th Dec 2015, 10:35   comments (7)

Day 19 *With a thousand memories...*

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Not content with turning the house in to Santa's grotto they have put decorations up outside for the birds too!

I was singing the song the title words come from on the Karaoke at the office party last night until they shouted *shut the f*ck up and do 20 flight rock!*

Wishing you all the best of what the season brings and here's hoping you don't get too tired to rock x

http://www.samaritans.org/

Posted by Craft

19th Dec 2015, 07:46   comments (8)

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Christmas is about family and friends.
Extremely thankful that my family can be together this year

Posted by Jane Doe

18th Dec 2015, 10:36   comments (8)