‘Happy Holidays’ is just good manners…

I served a Muslim woman and her daughter at work today. They come in a lot so we know them well - the daughter's kids are always gutted that our gummy sweets aren't halal... But we just got new vegan ones so I let them know and they were so excited. It was such a … Continue reading ‘Happy Holidays’ is just good manners…

Stuff I bought this week…

This week's shopping list was dictated to me by an old favourite dress finally starting to fall apart; messy hair, don't usually care - but decided to try a new idea; wanting to wear trousers more and needing better knitwear in the freezing office and, finally, the first Christmas party I've been invited to in … Continue reading Stuff I bought this week…

For retail staff, this is the holiday season…

Confession time... While I enjoyed trick or treating last night, I'm not all that about Halloween. I have worked in retail - on and off - for about 28 years now. I started as a 'Christmas special' and I still absolutely love the run up to Christmas - in fact I love the entire holiday … Continue reading For retail staff, this is the holiday season…

Mulled wine recipe…

The period of Twixtmas has a slow moving charm. There's not much to do if you have the time off. There's eating, drinking, TV, sales shopping, visiting relatives, taking long baths, reading books, trying not to kill the kids, taking brisk walks...basically there's lots of time to do nothing. And the perfect drink to go … Continue reading Mulled wine recipe…

Christmas Eve Eve Gingerbread biscuits 

After 41 years I have finally made gingerbread biscuits that pass muster. Allow me to impart my wisdom, dear friends.... Ingredients: 2 cups / 8oz / 225g plain flour; 2 heaped teaspoons dried ginger; 1 level teaspoon dried cinnamon; 1 heaped teaspoon mixed spice; 1 level teaspoon dried nutmeg; 1 quarter teaspoon bicarbonate of soda … Continue reading Christmas Eve Eve Gingerbread biscuits 

Blogmas Gift ideas

Gift ideas are complicated, aren't they? On a personal level, I'm a spoilt brat inside and do a Rachel Green if people buy 'off list' for me. Having said that, I don't expect a present and my list is always extensive with options for every budget and friend. I like Toblerone bars. Buy me one … Continue reading Blogmas Gift ideas

Celebrate 60 years of NORAD’s Santa Tracker

Here at Sophie's Voice I am very strict about the importance of keeping the Christmas holiday period sacred. Preparations and celebrations will commence tomorrow - on the 1st of December. I am, however, well aware that some of the people who make the holiday so magical start their work a little bit earlier in the … Continue reading Celebrate 60 years of NORAD’s Santa Tracker

How I began to appreciate my age through the magic of the holiday season

Dear Readers, I hope that your Christmas has been as fun as mine – alone with my beloved husband, the telly and some fantastic grub. Not what I used to find very glamorous but, with my present job, relative silence and not having to help anyone seem like fantastic luxuries. One excellent anecdote about Christmas … Continue reading How I began to appreciate my age through the magic of the holiday season

A little bit of good news

Well, after my last entry, it turns out the cold weather won’t be over soon. More confirmation that deciding NOT to become a meteorologist was a sensible choice. However, in the words of the song, ‘I can gather all the news I need from the weather report’. And, at the present time, it seems that … Continue reading A little bit of good news