This time next week… actually, by next Sunday, Christmas will be over here – we celebrate on the 24th in Switzerland. At some point late afternoon or early evening, the Christ-child brings not only the presents, but also the Christmas tree, and deposits them all in a corner of the living room while nobody’s looking. And after a family dinner, usually raclette or fondue, everyone gathers round the tree, opens their pressies, drinks the Christmas sherry (or whatever) – and that’s Christmas. None of your waiting around until 2 a.m to see if Santa’s coming, and none of your up at 5 a.m to see what he’s brought. In spite of my Scottish upbringing, I dropped Santa like a stone when I became a parent, in favour of sleep…
And the Swiss way is every bit as magical to a child.
My first book was published in early September 2013, so my writing life is now approximately three years, three months and three weeks old. Recently, I had another first – a speaking engagement that was entirely non-book, non-writing related, when I entertained the Weinfelden English Circle to the theme of A Very British Christmas. A good time was had by all, and I’ve included the Christmas cracker jokes at the end of this post.
Another first for me is the book news I’ll be sharing at the beginning of January. Think #andnowforsomethingcompletelydifferent. 🙂
To celebrate Christmas in a suitably bookish manner, Ward Zero, Chosen Child, and The Attic Room will all have special kindle prices at some point over the holidays. Click here to see what’s on offer at the moment!
And now for those jokes:
What did Adam say on the day before Christmas?
It’s Christmas, Eve!
Who brings your cat’s Christmas presents?
What do you have in December that you don’t have in any other month?
The letter “D”…
How do you make an idiot laugh on Boxing Day?
Tell him a joke on Christmas Eve…
Mum, can I have a dog for Christmas?
No, Billy, you’ll have turkey like everyone else!
The blog will be back in the New Year – so I’ll wish everyone a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR now. Peace and goodwill, and, as we say in Scotland, ‘Lang may yer lum reek!’ In Switzerland we say, *’Rutsch guet übere!’
I hope you manage both…
(*slip well into the New Year)