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Christmas Eve thoughts #ramble

It is Sunday morning but its a bit different this week because it’s Christmas Eve so I’ll share my Christmas Eve thoughts with you! There is a hill near my house on which stand two churches and where legend says that there was once a castle built by Ethelfleda the warrior princess. Before the Saxons came to Britain it is said that a Druid shrine stood there and sacrifices were made to the Druid gods, even human sacrifices. One thing I have learnt in my life is that we are all driven by the need to survive, just the same as the rest of the animal kingdom. We sometimes have strange ideas on how to survive but survival is still a powerful driving force. Some people call the winter solstice the beginning of winter and others call it the midwinter solstice. For those ancient people, it was the beginning of an annual fight for survival. They were the hunter-gatherers and they would probably have sacrificed a wild boar to celebrate the winter solstice but only because it would be their last decent meal until spring arrived with a fresh supply of food.

Christmas snow

Snow

I doubt if our Druid forebears saw much snow, the evidence suggests it was much warmer in Britain then, but it would still have been a tough winter. So that was the basis for Christmas and with the introduction of Christianity. It became a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. We have evolved into a more sophisticated species since then and so has our celebration of Christmas. Christmas now is all fairy lights and computers.

Christmas

So you can guess what I have on my mind this week then? Yes, cooking the turkey! I have made notes of the various ways described by the BBC cooks and master chefs and I think I’ll cook it slowly and try to make it edible. I have ideas on how to make a delicious savoury sauce too.

The End is Nigh

Yes, the end of the year is in sight and so I am setting goals and making plans. I’m desperately trying not to look back on 2017 which was a year of trolls and bad tempers. I rarely become angry but became very angry in 2017 and that isn’t good for my health so I’ll be avoiding one or two people in 2018 and being tougher with others. I do have a new project to keep my brain working in 2018 and so I’m looking forward to that. I can’t make concrete plans because I have to work with other people but I’m confident I can do that.

2017

The good news at the end of 2017 is that some of the health problems I suffered this year are due to a vitamin D deficiency and so I can fix that. I must start asking for the results of blood tests, I’ve been deficient for 2 years and no one told me. So with fewer aches and pains, I might be able to do more photography this year.

Video

Anyway, I made a Christmas video so I’m going to post that now, on my Facebook page. If you would like to follow my blog you can like my Facebook page and get links to new posts or follow me on Twitter for updates. You can also enter your email at the top of the sidebar and receive emails each time I post. Have a very Merry Christmas. I’ll end with some pictures from the past…

One Response

  1. bob moseley

    Great post Mike, keep up the good work.
    Merry Christmas and a splendid new year.
    Bob Moseley

    December 24, 2017 at 16:09

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