Easy festive ideas to enjoy in the week before Christmas

Hello As we're into the final stages of preparation for the festive season, today we've collected some posts from our archive with ideas for last-minute drinks, food, decorations and things to do. We hope you'll enjoy browsing through them: A recipe for delicious hot apple cider Serve in warmed glasses or mugs. You can sprinkle…

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas”

Today's Friday Food for Thought is from Peg Bracken (1918 - 2007), American author of humorous books on cooking, etiquette and travel, such as The I Hate to Cook Book.   Did you know? December 6th is celebrated as St Nicholas' Day. St Nicholas was a Christian Bishop who was noted for his generosity in helping…

A Child’s Christmas in Wales – a book recommendation for December

The Staircase 9 17 Bookshelf choice for December is A Child's Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953)     It's a nostalgic and funny account of Christmas time in Swansea, south Wales, during the years of Thomas's youth.  Here's the description of what happens when there is a fire at the Prothero household:…