Monthly Wrap-Up – December 2020

Did you miss any of these?

Monthly Wrap-up December 2020

  • Can you guess what this object is?

Curious Christmas Objects Around The House

  • Did she escape?

The Great Escape #WordlessWednesday #photography

  • Is the figure in this door trying to get in or out?

Festive Thursday Doors

  • What family, festive traditions do you and your neighbours carry out every year?

An Advent Tradition #flashfiction

  • Looking for some free publicity and promotion for one of your unpublished short stories? Check out Story Chat.

How To Get Your Short Story In Front Of A New Audience

  • Naughty or Nice? You decide.

Naughty or Nice #WordlessWednesday #photography

  • Sometimes the most unlikely of situations can change your life forever.

Final Score #flashfiction

  • Do sending or receiving Christmas cards give you any dilemmas? A brief, lighthearted look at the history of Christmas cards.

The Dilemmas Of Christmas Cards

  • Do you believe in the magic of Christmas?

The Magic Of Christmas

  • A quick, festive message from Hugh.

Happy Christmas


New Year 2021

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Curious Christmas Objects Around The House

Over the years, I’ve collected and accumulated lots of Christmas objects. However, some items have me curious as to why I bought them.

Take, for example, this curious little pot.

The curious Christmas pot

Purchased on eBay over ten years ago, it has never seen the light of day in our house. Not even at Christmas time have I been tempted to put this strange little pot on display. I’m not even sure what it is.

However, there may be a clue in the hole on the side of the lid where maybe one could place a teaspoon.

Does the hole hold the clue?

So is it a festive pot for holding jam, mustard, cranberry sauce, or Boxing Day festive chutney?

And it’s probably no wonder why I’ve never had it out on display at Christmas. I mean, look at it. It’s the stuff of nightmares. It’s something that belongs in a horror story. Feel free to write one that includes this object.

I’m positive the words ‘Christmas Antique’ in the heading of the auction were what tempted me to buy it. I don’t remember how much I paid for it, but it was no more than £20.

Was I conned at buying this supposed piece of ‘Christmas past?’ Maybe the mark on the bottom of the object answers my question? Maybe you know an antiques expert who could answer my questions?

At least we know where it was made

I wonder what’s its history is and what stories it could tell me?

Have you seen an object like this before? What do you think its purpose is? Is it an antique, or was it massed produced for the market?

Thank you to Michael at Spo-Reflections for the idea for this post.

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Advent Sunday – Have Any Of Your Christmas Decorations Come Out Yet?

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed Advent Sunday. It’s the day when the first few Christmas decorations start appearing around our house.

An eBay purchase from 10 years ago
Another eBay purchase from 2001
Purchased in 2019
Another eBay purchase from 2005

Although I tell myself that I’m not going to buy anymore Christmas decorations (because we have too many), I always end up buying something new every Christmas. Introducing this year’s buy

Christmas 2020

Over the next 14 days, more Christmas decorations will appear, with the grand finalé being switching on the lights on the Christmas tree.

Do you have have any Christmas decorations up yet, or is it still too early to put them up?

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