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It’s beginning to look a lot like …..

So here we are, on the cusp of a weekend and the edge of the month of December. That can mean only one thing – the beginning of our own self- enforced period of TRADITION!

For as long as the little giants can remember, on the 1st December the Christmas decorations and sparkly lights ‘appeared’ magically when they arrived home from school or awoke from slumber. As parents, our own childhood traditions converged with the green shoots of new ones from our thoughts and wishes.

One of my traditions start on the 1st of December, when my pre-children copy of A Christmas Carol appears by my bedside. Every year for over two decades I’ve immersed myself in Dickens’ articulate description of a Victorian Christmas. His prose on greed and poverty, the bitter cold and health issues are so imbedded in my head that as soon as my eyes grasp "Marley was dead, to begin with." I am instantly transported back to that counting house near Cornhill. Yet how much of its substance resonates today?

Yesterday, as I walked out of Starbucks with my coffee to go, I saw a gentleman shaking out the pain and cold from his dirt stained, weary body. Having spent the night in a Waterstones’ doorway, I felt he may have needed my coffee more than me - and what’s a coffee compared to the millions that our population have donated to the recent Children in Need and Philippine cause?

Well, if you haven’t heard of it, this weekend can I introduce you to the Suspended Coffee. What a great idea, don’t you think?

And there you have it, as well as a visit to one of the many Christmas Markets popping up all over the country, I believe I have the start of another new tradition. And one that I can quite literally pass on to others. Have you tried it already?


I have other exciting times this weekend. My Blog is going to be bejazzled into a new identity. This will mean that for some of the weekend, it will be under construction. Also, my To Start the Week Blog will be delayed until Monday evening - when it will be 'Ladies and Gentleman, I give to you ...'

See you then!

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