Merry Christmas, everyone!


The children woke at seven and have been disembowelling presents ever since, to quote my favourite dark man of literature, Mr Rochester.

The dog is beginning to look a little taut: he has sat through the whole present-opening shenanigans and feels the need of a walk. The cat has given up ambushing the dog and is stationed in his favourite post, half way up the stairs.

Santa has brought many good things. His fingers are sore from wrapping.

Later, we will all repair to Big Al’s for Christmas dinner, all the trimmings. Though Al will be having jelly, just for the record. The Christmas pudding is made by Phil, the Belgian chocolate cheesecakes by Aldi.

I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for calling in, sitting down at the Shrewsday table and joining in the chat of the day. What I write very much reflects what we talk about here in this real house on the edge of Windsor Forest, over mugs of tea.

I am grateful to each person who comes to read, and everyone who leaves a contribution to the glittering comment stream daily. I am often told people read as much for the comments as for the post. You make our year: have a wonderful festive season.

Lots of love,

Kate, Phil, Maddie, Felix, Al and the Princesses, Macaulay the Dog….

…and our latest addition, Clive Bond.

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61 thoughts on “Merry Christmas, everyone!

  1. May all of you have a lovely, lovely Christmas and New Year. Must write about my encounter with Christmas cake yesterday. πŸ™‚

  2. Wonderful snowy pics today of the family, I do enjoy not only your thoughtful and entertaining posts, but, the comments are a highlight as well.
    A very Merry Christmas and a wonderful Holiday Season to all from lovely (read not snowy) Charleston, SC.

  3. Has to be a badger in a Shrewsday nativity scene!

    Merry Christmas to all of you, and here’s to a blog-filled 2013!
    (and maybe that book…..?)

  4. Nice one Kate,

    “Disembowelling presents” is a beauty. Thanks to you for a great set of posts in 2012 and for being one my earliest followers πŸ™‚

    Happy holidays & hope to see more of you in the New Year!
    Best wishes,

    1. Hi Amaya, and how lovely of you to leave this Christmas greeting. The disembowelling is all BrontΓ©’s: it’s one of Mr Rochester’s, in Jane Eyre. Lovely thought, isn’t it? Merry Christmas to you, and a wonderful new year…

    1. Would love to claim credit, Nancy, but it’s one of BrontΓ©’s…Mr Rochester watches AdΓ©le opening presents and instructs her to go into a corner and disembowel them. Those pithy northern writers, they had it all.

  5. Thanks for making a place for me at the tea table, Kate, ’cause partaking of a little Shrewsday chitchat is one of the joys of my blogging life :).

    A little late, but Christmas greetings to all at Shrewsday Mansions!

  6. Happy Christmas, Kate! (We have moved away from early mornings these days, with teenagers….it was wonderful to get a lie in, until the chaps dragged themselves out of bed at 9:30! )

  7. Stumbled across this when looking at ghosts of Hampton Court. Interesting, love your snowy pics. I live in Colorado, in the High Rockies, very cold and snowy tonight. Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year!

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