The Queen’s Speech
Queen Elizabeth II giving the annual Christmas Speech 2015

Here in full is the text of the Queen’s 2015 Christmas message.

Watch it all here (about ten minutes).

“At this time of year, few sights evoke more feelings of cheer and goodwill than the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree.

The popularity of a tree at Christmas is due in part to my great-great grandparents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

After this touching picture was published, many families wanted a Christmas tree of their own, and the custom soon spread.

In 1949, I spent Christmas in Malta as a newly-married naval wife. Continue reading “The Queen’s Speech”

“Merry” Christmas and Good King Wenceslas

A favorite copy of a book on the Story and Carol “Good King Wenceslas” illustrated with Christopher Manson’s beautiful woodcuts Here is the Book

“The word ‘Merry’ is from an old Anglo-Saxon word which literally meant ‘valiant,’ ‘illustrious,’ ‘great,’ or ‘mighty.’ Thus, to be Merry was not merely to be ‘mirthful,’ but to be joyously strong and gallant.

In Shakespeare we read of fiercely courageous soldiers who were called ‘merry men.’ Strong winds were ‘merry gales.’ Fine days were marked by ‘merry weather.’

So, when we wish one another ‘Merry Christmas,’ we are really exhorting one another to take heart and stand fast! Merry Christmas!”
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Christmas Shopping with Children: wisdom and preparedness

The Family, interpreted in Eggs by Meg! See her art on Etsy
The Family, interpreted in Eggs by Meg!
See her art on Etsy:  Meg’s Etsy


All month long, I have passed parents saying “NO” (AGAIN), snapping and then apologizing (or not), bribing (different from offering rewards) or giving in to their children. (I usually say a silent prayer for you, by the way, in addition to the kind and sympathizing glance, or the tactful looking away from you in your misery!) The children are repeating “I want!” “I want!” “I want!” (Or, if you have been working hard on their manners, “May I please have?” “May I please have?”… )

Does it have to be this way? No, no, A THOUSAND TIMES, NO.
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Eggnog White Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

Good morning!

Star Wars premier and the ensuing hours of dialogue afterword got the best of my posting this recipe last night – so sorry! Hopefully, those of you that want to make it this morning will still have time. ✨☺️✨

{{I am giving you my regular muffin recipe, and putting the ingredients that make this particular version in parentheses on the side.}}

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The Christmas Card That Did Not Happen (Yule Understand…?)

Christmas Card 2015 at Concord Produce Market

Concord Produce Market

“He’s making a list, checking it twice…”

Around the Campbell house, the “he” would be my husband. One of his many nicknames is “Mr. Christmas” and he deserves it!  He starts thinking of the next Christmas on… well, December 26.

I love Christmas, especially its spiritual and traditional meaning, but Thanksgiving, in its essence, is my favorite holiday (more on that later!).

So… A crazier-than-usual Autumn (daughter’s wedding- moved up three weeks at the last minute; Continue reading “The Christmas Card That Did Not Happen (Yule Understand…?)”