Merry Christmas and all that

Merry Christmas one and all.   So today is Christmas Day, the day many of us wait for all year or at least from the end of summer but it is also the day that many people find uncomfortable.  For some  it is a day of religious celebration and others simply a day of gift giving and joy but it is also a day of work for some and just another day for many others whose culture doesn’t celebrate Christmas even in the current ephemeral way.

As it is Christmas though, I would like to say thank-you to everyone who has read my blog these past 5 months.  I hope that you have enjoyed it, maybe learned a little, maybe laughed a little.

I’d like to thank everyone who follows my blog, comments on it and just stumbles upon in from some random Google search.  To all those in South America who seem to love posts on Guy Fawkes night, to people in America and Canada who like the history and travel posts.  To those across Europe who like looking at maps and to those in Australia, New Zealand and the Far East who always read my posts first due to the quirks of the global time system.  To everyone whose country doesn’t get much of a look -in often, readers in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Georgia, Mongolia and others thank-you all.  I have emailed as many of you whose email addresses I can easily find but if not then take it from this post, I really appreciate your time in reading some of what I say.  To the reader in Syria, I hope you and your family keep safe.

Thank-you also to everyone whose blog I follow and read regularly and for those who I just pop by from time to time.  I enjoy reading all of them and wish you a Happy Christmas wherever you may be.

Christmas is a special day but so should every day be special whatever religion we follow if any at all.  Christmas is a special time for me, as my blog posts probably indicate I like the slower and familial parts of life.  Spending time with my lovely wife who even now is in the kitchen as I am writing to this.  She is the best gift of all.  We had Christmas Carol singers round our house last week, wonderfully festive singing for charity despite torrential rain.  It’s nice that there are still ordinary people around who will put themselves out to help others and bring happiness wherever they go.

We are generally lucky in Britain, we don’t have famines and our weather though frequently bad is rarely terrible although at this time many people have been flooded out of their homes just a day or two before Christmas.  However the hospitals are always full of sick and some people are at work when they would rather not be such as Police, medical staff and even power station workers and TV cameramen.  Lots of people such as those in the military are away from home and some are here but don’t have a home so amongst all the happiness we should remember them too.

The things I like most about Christmas are the simplest.  Not going to work or doing any driving of any sort 🙂 Not having to get up at 5.20am.  Seeing daylight for a few hours at least.  Wondering in the garden looking for the first shoots of growth.  Sitting watching television for we are blessed in the U.K. for about 10 days around Christmas and New Year.  The best films, television specials.  Religious documentaries in the footsteps of St. Paul or following Noahs Ark around Israel, Turkey, Iran, Yemen and who knows where else.  Yes when our tummies are full there is still a special Dr Who and Downton Abbey to look forward to this evening with another week of the same.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without carols on the radio and TV, the smells of food roasting in the oven and a selection of drinks to wash things down.

I like it how the whole country is pretty much dead quiet and much of the world too.  Everyone comes down to my level!   People are generally nice to one another and to me too, that’s all I want any day of the year yet it so rarely happens outside the holiday.

I like giving and receiving gifts, actually I much prefer giving gifts, there is nothing like having a good think and finding a special present for a special someone.  Rather like being a commercial good Samaritan.

We have had various guests staying with us from the Airbnb website since September and only had 4 or 5 days on our own since.  Yesterday we gained the house back again.  Each and every guest was lovely and interesting and fun but the next week of having the house to ourselves will be priceless too.

I always look forward to Christmas more than most, maybe because I enjoy the less commercial elements.  It’s also my birthday in a few days time.  It often gets overshadowed by Christmas which is sad but I also have a pretty intense full-on week with Christmas, birthday and new year in one week.  Having said that, no-one is more reflective when the time comes to go back to work knowing it is 51 weeks until any of that returns.

Whether you are off to Church, opening presents, getting stuffed, getting drunk, going to work or sitting in a hot country thinking ‘these guys are crazy’, Merry Christmas one and all.

To show how I am thinking of everyone everywhere, below is the list of all readers since I started this in July.  Well not everyone as we all know WordPress doesn’t show all our visitors don’t we!

If you're country is highlighted then thank-you!

If your country is highlighted then thank-you!

Screen 2 of Visitors by country.  Merry Christmas to you all.

Screen 2 of Visitors by country. Merry Christmas to you all.

From Norway to Kuwait, my blog would be nothing without you.

From Norway to Kuwait, my blog would be nothing without you.

From Ghana and Cambodia to Algeria and my visitor from Tanzania just yesterday.

From Ghana and Cambodia to Algeria and my visitor from Tanzania just yesterday.

Last but not least, I can't imagine what I wrote could be of interest but thank-you for visiting anyway and Merry Christmas.

Last but not least, I can’t imagine what I wrote could be of interest but thank-you for visiting anyway and Merry Christmas.

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About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including a #1 seller, I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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One Response to Merry Christmas and all that

  1. A very Merry Christmas to you, Stephen. Keep up the wonderful blog posts! x

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