Changing up Advent

Dear Claire,   I loved your post about little acts of kindness. I was reminded of our Season of Giving post a couple of years ago about a Trader Joe’s children’s advent calendar that suggested a kind deed for every day, with a little chocolate reward tucked behind each door. Advent is upon us again,…

Happy Holidays

Dear Sam, Mmm, the roast chestnuts  you were telling me about sound very tempting - I will add them to my Christmas shopping list!  Your post started me thinking about all the delicious aromas that we associate with Christmas and it's also one of the themes of a book I've been reading lately, Nigel Slater's The Christmas…

Chestnuts and paper chains

Dear Claire   I'm roasting chestnuts as I write - no better tradition at this time of year, when December is almost  upon us, the lights are twinkling in the windows and the snow is flurrying. I do miss the chestnut sellers on English street corners and their little blackened paper bags of steaming hot…