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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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Chasing away the dark

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Long before Christmas was celebrated we marked midwinter festivals such as Yule and the feast of Mithras by lighting fires and candles to chase away the dark. It's a fundamental part of us, raising our spirits at the darkest time of the year. So as you switch on the Christmas lights this year you'll be continuing a tradition that goes back many thousands of years. How cool is that?

Merry Christmas.

Posted by harimanjaro

May warmth be around the corner for you

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The solstice is almost upon us. Most of the northern hemisphere has already seen the earliest sunset, and soon the days will start becoming longer again. It's definitely time to gather and treasure those you love, and appreciate their presence in your life.

May the warmth of love and good cheer be within sight of all of you. Merry Christmas, and best of the season.


(I asked for today because Christmas was supposed to come a bit early in Antarctica, with the ship arriving at our base for the first time since we left in April. As it turns out, the ship has been delayed and won't arrive until Sunday. Oh well - best laid plans.)

Posted by Geodyne

19th Dec 2008, 08:47   comments (16)

Prepare the song...

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Be merry all, be merry all.
With holly deck the festive hall.
Prepare the song, the feast, the hall
To welcome merry Christmas.

And all remember, gentles gay:
For you who bask in fortune's ray
The year is all a holiday.
The poor have only Christmas.

You who in velvet mantle go,
Defy December's tempest's roar.
Oh, spare one garment from your store
To clothe the poor at Christmas.

[chorus]

You who the costly banquet deal
To friends who never famine feel,
Oh, spare one morsel from your meal
To feed the poor at Christmas.

[chorus]

With blazing logs of fuel the while,
Your homes are within summer's smile.
Oh, spare one log from off your pile
To warm the poor at Christmas.

[chorus]

So shall each note of mirth appear
More sweet to Heaven than praise or prayer,
And angels in their carols there
Shall bless the poor at Christmas.

[chorus]

The Ditching Carol- Trad.

Posted by Factotum

18th Dec 2008, 02:15   comments (16)

Hark! The herald angels sing

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Christmas seems to have come even more quickly this year than usually. I didn't really have much time to think about Christmas and it's nearly there. Being busy was probably a good thing but it also reminded me that Christmas is a good time to slow down, enjoy little things: a smile, a light. even Christmas carols are not that annoying anymore in our home...when sung by Eclair. Happy Christmas to all mobloggers

Posted by minkey

There's something in the air...

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There are people who belive in Christmas. Others think that Christmas is only a time for consumerism. Some believe that is a religious celebration only for christians...

I believe in the power of Christmas magic, whatever Christmas means. There's something special in the air, maybe the lights, maybe the music, maybe the people... I don't really care, the magic is there. That's what I call Christmas.

Merry Magic for all!

Posted by lps

16th Dec 2008, 08:05   comments (18)

Spirit of the child

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"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home"
Charles Dickens.

Today was supposed to be shitake's post, but unfortunately she's having internet problems, so i've had to fill in.

The lady in this photo really sums up the spirit of the season for me. She exuded joy every bit as much as the other merry-go-rounders, who were all more than 50 years her junior. Her husband was a fellow photographer; we joked and shared a few moments discussing her zeal, whilst taking some pictures.

Wishing each and everyone a loving and peaceful season, which I hope you can celebrate in the spirit of the child.

Posted by nige

15th Dec 2008, 10:23   | tags:,,comments (30)

Merry Xmas 2008

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Dear worldwide mobloggers, my best wishes are for you all!
Yours 60-seconds-exposure/burning-down-the-house/straight-ahead-to-2009/keep-on-shooting,
with love,
( ° _ ° )

Posted by minushabens

14th Dec 2008, 00:01   comments (21)

Festive Cheers!

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I racked my brain to think of a picture for the calendar and it really has made me question what Christmas means to me. It's going to be an odd one for me this year as it'll be the first Christmas I haven't spent at least some time with family and friends back in and around Epping Forest. The aspect of Christmas I most look forward to is catching up with old friends in a warm pub, telling stories about the past year's events and re-living old adventures over a pint or five. I'll really miss the same old jokes, the banter, the put-downs and the insults. I'll even miss RareAquaticBadger beating me at pool.

I wish you all a very merry Christmas! If you are driving I quite simply demand that you drink responsibly. If you are not driving, might I suggest getting legless?

Posted by crickson

13th Dec 2008, 01:59   comments (14)