Advent 2012 (Part Two)

The second week of Advent has arrived, with many in a shopping frenzy already. And who can describe it better than our old friend Charles Dickens, in “A Christmas Carol”:

“… the customers were all so hurried and so eager in the hopeful promise of the day, that they tumbled up against each other at the door, clashing their wicker baskets wildly; and left their purchases upon the counter, and came running back to fetch them, and committed hundreds of the like mistakes in the best humour possible…”

I love looking through “A Christmas Carol” every year, and revel in the rich verbosity of Dickensian storytelling! Another favourite part is when The Ghost of Christmas Present arrives:

“The crisp leaves of holly, mistletoe, and ivy, reflected back the light, as if so many little mirrors had been scattered there; and such a mighty blaze went roaring up the chimney as that dull petrifaction of a hearth had never known in Scrooge’s time, or Marley’s, or for many and many a winter season gone. Heaped up upon the floor, to form a kind of throne, were turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, suckling pigs, long wreaths of sausages, mince-pies, plum puddings, barrels of oysters, red hot chestnuts, cherry-cheeked apples, juicy oranges, luscious pears, immense twelfth cakes, and seething bowls of Punch, that made the chamber dim with their delicious steam.”

I have also seen several film versions of A Christmas Carol, as well as countless stage productions. The Muppets film version is, however, still one of my favourites! Take a look at this clip:

For the second Advent week I wish everyone:

Time to sit down with a friend for a cup of tea and a chat


A moment to read a poem or part of a favourite book


33 thoughts on “Advent 2012 (Part Two)

  1. What a glorious post Cathy, mixing the soft and sentimental with glorious fun! DO hope you will not mind if I repost to a few friends somewhat closer to Christmas!!

  2. Love those Muppets in Christmas Carol–and love Dickens. Had tea with a friend last night and we chatted about books and Advent.

  3. Charles Dickens must have had a premonition of American Black Friday. *L* Truly beautiful writing. I agree with your choice of Muppet movie, too!

  4. Gotta love a German Christmas,. My mother has filled me with romantic stories of her childhood Christmas’s in Trier. I would love to see you do a blog post on the little porcupine dolls that are reaching for hugs. I forgot what they are called, but relatives would send them every year with chocolates and baked goods from Hamburg and mom would play recordings of a choir of young boys singing Christmas hymns in German. Merry Christmas!!

    • Christmas IS romantic – nostalgic even, here in Germany. I don’t know about the dolls, but they are probably a regional thing. Trier is quite a distance from us. But I’m sure some of those baked goods you received would have been gingerbread… a speciality all over Germany at Christmas. Thanks for your comment – always good to hear from you!

  5. Oh you reminded me, that I wanted to read the christmas carol, too. Have to get the book out πŸ˜‰ Happy second advent!

  6. Ah….you are having snow! And you said it is lush and deep. It’s cold enough here to snow, but not on the farm. The mountains around us look like snow so I hope it is lush and deep up there.

    Happy Second Advent Week!


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