Christmas does not arrive in November or at least it shouldn’t. If I ruled the world, any reference to the festive season would be barred until 1st December but I don’t, and it won’t. Governments are wedded to the strategy of debt –laden consumerism so nothing is going to change any time soon.

Fortunately my offspring are long beyond getting excited by Santa so I can only imagine the state of excitement induced in modern-day under-tens – come Christmas Eve they must be fit to explode. I just hope Santa gets it right, which reminds me of a sign in an Audlem shop window:

This year Santa, please give me a big fat bank account and a slim body. Please don’t mix those two up like you did last year. Thanks.

We are currently holed-up on the good ship Oakmere with a very slow and unreliable Internet connection, hence the lack of activity on WordPress. Yesterday we escaped to Chester and found this festive display in preparation in the Cathedral. I can only assume that Ebenezer has just seen The Ghost of Christmas Too Soon:

The ghost ... Father Chrstmas ... The Ghost ...


  1. easyweimaraner · November 20, 2015

    the eyes are impressing… and that’s the Ebenezer I see when I close my eyes and remember the story :o) If you ever plan to rule the world, I will vote for you… christmessing the whole world on 1st of december is early enough :o) and yes, I hope this year Santa reads my wishlist correctly and brings me a size zero-butt instead of zero credit :o)

  2. Sue · November 20, 2015

    Christmas too soon…couldn’t agree more

    • northumbrianlight · November 21, 2015

      One of my many curmudgeonly complaints about modern life Sue 😉

      • Sue · November 21, 2015

        Well, I do the same!

  3. Cate Franklyn · November 20, 2015

    On December 1st I always put aside whatever I’m currently reading in favor of my favorite of all Dickens’s stories – A Christmas Carol. It starts the season for me.

    • northumbrianlight · November 21, 2015

      It is the perfect Christmas story Cate – some years ago we were lucky enough to see one of the first RSC productions of A Christmas Carol at Stratford – magical.

      • Cate Franklyn · November 21, 2015

        Oh, Wow! That must’ve been fantastic!

  4. Tish Farrell · November 20, 2015

    Woo-hooooo, the Ghost of Christmas Too Soon. We need to give it a really good scare. BOO!

    • northumbrianlight · November 21, 2015

      It’s behind you Tish! And long may it stay there 🙂 Chester is already in full Christmas mode – not necessary really – it is such a spectacular city with or without the tinsel.

  5. LaVagabonde · November 20, 2015

    Good heavens. That’s right, Ebeneezer, keep Christmas at bay for a while. I also refuse to participate in the Christmas season before December 1st. No visits to the Christmas markets. No buying of anything Christmas related. They started putting decorations up at the beginning of November here in Prague. It’s earlier every year. Makes me want to stop observing the holiday altogether, except for the feasts. Can’t give up an excuse to eat heartily. 😀 Happy floating, Robin.

    • northumbrianlight · November 21, 2015

      Thanks Julie – Arctic winds have blown in overnight so our plan to stay ‘in port’ was definitely the right one. It’s a good escape – a very idle time just walking and eating. The only downside is the 200 yard walk to the marina cafe to get a usable Internet connection.

  6. patrick · November 20, 2015

    Hope the sudden arrival of winter weather isn’t making life too grim on the boat. The three month Christmasathon may be tiresome but if I’m made world emperor, I’d start with those who seem to think Guy Fawkes is a 2 week firework festival. This one can’t half pull at the lead when she gets spooked: https://www.flickr.com/photos/patrickdown/22257464914/in/dateposted-public/

    • northumbrianlight · November 21, 2015

      It would be very unpleasant if we had ventured out but that was never the plan. We are holed-up in the marina with all services connected – quite cosy although the dog would make for a fine heated blanket 🙂

  7. greenmackenzie · November 21, 2015

    Not a pretty set of faces…..but full of character😜

  8. socialbridge · November 21, 2015

    I wish you did rule the world. How can we organise that?

    • northumbrianlight · November 21, 2015

      If you knew me better Jean, you wouldn’t dream of saying that 😀

      • socialbridge · November 21, 2015

        I’ve no doubt you’d be a better bet than a lot of those we have ruling us!

  9. MJF Images · November 28, 2015

    I agree completely about Christmas. Strange display. You seem to like being on boats!

    • northumbrianlight · November 29, 2015

      We enjoy the confined life of a 59 x 7 foot narrowboat at least for a limited period – hibernating in the marina has its attractions at this time of year. Thanks for stopping by.

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