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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
Learn English in February

Christmas Traditions and Culture

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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,315 mod
    It was /is lovely @Hermine. There is nothing to stop you from visiting it:-

    http://secondlife.com/destination/a-christmas-carol
  • HermineHermine Posts: 8,514 ✭✭✭✭
    Thank you Lynne. Will have an instant look at it.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,084 mod
    I'm still looking for the inspiration to write something about that adventure.
    I'll post it together with the pictures when I come that far.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,872 ✭✭✭✭
    I would like to meet some ghosts. Were they scary @April?
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,084 mod
    They didn't frighten me at that moment, but I'm not sure if they would be as nice next time especially at midnight. :((
  • HermineHermine Posts: 8,514 ✭✭✭✭
    @April. I do not believe you have anything in common with Scrooge or Marley. Therefore you have not to fear the ghosts.
  • HermineHermine Posts: 8,514 ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2013
    One of my daughters is quite nervous about the upcoming feast. I do not hope she drives me mad, but I am short before.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,084 mod
    @Hermine
    I believe you! This afternoon, the doorbell rang and .... surprise!
    The "santa" from Coca-Cola was at the doorstep; she brought me Christmas presents which were a big bottle of Coca-Cola and two cans of Coca-Cola light and Zero. :)
    I was indeed a nice girl. :))
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0 Inactive
    Congratulations @April, you have behave well this year :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,315 mod
    Santa is a she @April?

    Must have been Mrs Santa then. ;)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,315 mod
    edited December 2013
    @Hermine - The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future are all upstairs.

    I would visit them in the order of the book, and then you need to teleport to the different parts of the story, and explore the different rooms (lots of teleporting).
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,872 ✭✭✭✭
    With the holidays upon us, just a reminder to avoid drinking and driving.

    This is a cautionary tale a friend sent me.

    Three days ago I was out for an evening with friends and had several cocktails, followed by some rather nice red wine. Feeling jolly I still had the sense to know that I may be over the limit. That's when I did something that I've never done before. That is, I took a cab home!

    Sure enough on the way home there was a police road block, but since it was a cab they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident.

    This was a real relief and surprise because I had never driven a cab before. I don't even know where I got it, and now that it's in my garage I'm unsure quite what to do with it.
  • HermineHermine Posts: 8,514 ✭✭✭✭
    @ Lynne, thank you for the hint.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,084 mod
    edited December 2013
    @Helvio
    Thanks Helvio and in the last 50 years too. :)

    @Lynne
    My Santa was realy a she.
  • pryfllwydpryfllwyd Posts: 1,405 ✭✭✭✭
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,315 mod
    Oh dear. Is it just me or are they getting worse?

    You still can't beat the donkey joke.

    What do you call a donkey with 3 legs?

    A wonky. :)
  • pryfllwydpryfllwyd Posts: 1,405 ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2013
    And I always thought it was a wonkey @lynne
    Post edited by pryfllwyd on
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,084 mod
    Why do you call it cracker joke?
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,872 ✭✭✭✭
    Chistmas crackers usually have a joke or motto inside. Often they are TERRIBLE jokes.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,084 mod
    Merry Christmas from Kitely :)

    Merry Christmas
  • HermineHermine Posts: 8,514 ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2013
    Great april, I take it here ont he photo it is you, arent`you?
    I saw The Christmas Carol three times by now. Twice in German and once in English.
    On the DVD is also shown how the figures were made and played.
    I believe it had been quite borig for the actors because there was no scenere just the studio where they had to perfom. The rest became added by the IT-Guys.
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭✭
    A nice photo, April :)
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,084 mod
    @Hermine, yes it was me on Kitely. :))
    There is a Sim where we can skate.
    Hermine, which Christmas Carol do you have?
    The one with Jim Carey?
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,315 mod
    edited December 2013
    Oh I hope not!

    Lovely photo April. You look extremely competent on those skates. :) As Marianne says, Christmas cracker jokes and mottos are a staple of a British Christmas.

    It's very Christmassy here. We are staying in a pub by the Thames, and we even have a Christmas tree in our room.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,084 mod
    edited December 2013
    No mistletoe @Lynne? :)
    Christmas crakers are like Fortune cookies?
  • pryfllwydpryfllwyd Posts: 1,405 ✭✭✭✭
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,872 ✭✭✭✭
    Don't forget the silly paper hats that also come as part of the Christmas cracker ritual. Does anyone else wear them other than Brits?
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,084 mod
    @pryfllwyd
    Then I prefer fortune cookies. :))
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,084 mod
    edited December 2013
    @mheredge
    Why a paper hat? Why is it not a lovely soft cloth red and white Christmas like this? :)

    FreeGreatPicture.com-28121-christmas-hats

    Hmm, I already feel nice and warm by seeing this picture. :)
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