Blogmas begins with my likes and dislikes

4 years ago I was much better organised around the holiday season and I was a regular Blogmas contributor. Here’s my first ever Blogmas post for Sophie’s Voice – when this incarnation of my blog was just about to celebrate its second birthday. Merry Christmas, everyone.

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When somebody asks you to write a post about five likes and / or dislikes, you think ‘easy’. Then you sit back and…

Seriously, I know that I overthink everything but this has really taught me about myself. Specifically that I’m quite possibly completely incapable of focus.

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Pomeranian dogs – I’m not going to apologise for this. They’re cheery. There isn’t enough cheery about.

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Seafood – most of it anyway. Mainly I prefer it hot but a really handsome man can feed it to me cold dipped in aïoli. I give my consent freely.

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Midnight blue – it’s not navy and it’s not purple. Sorry, I know it when I see it – it’s just perfect.

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Peonies – they flower for two weeks of the year. One of which contains my birthday. If I don’t get given them, I buy them for myself.

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Speed – I have a naturally…

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Celebrate 60 years of NORAD’s Santa Tracker

As some of you will have gleaned over the course of the last year, my children are still devoted believers in some of the more magical characters from everyone’s childhood – since Child 1 lost her first tooth aged 7 she is yet to become jaded and cynical about the existence of the Tooth Fairy. In fact, after our customary thorough research, we know that it is a service performed as a team effort by Rosemary and Vicki.
Well, the kids still believe in Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Pere Noel and every other incarnation of the face of the Christmas delivery service. I’m not sorry. Let them have some magic for a little while more. NORAD is just the cherry on top. It’s ostensibly a high tech approach to the most traditional story of Christmas. Perfect for a generation growing up watching conspiracy theory videos about Ana and Elsa on YouTube.

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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 year.

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Take, for example, the NORAD Santa Tracker team. These lovely people have kept children all over the world au fait with the travels and travails of Father Christmas every year for the last 60 years.
Here’s the entire real of Mr Christmas’ journey in 2014. Spare 14 minutes – you won’t regret it.
Oh, and a word to the wise, any Santa cynics will be blocked – hate the holiday, not the show.

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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…

From cutesy to chaos in a few easy – but inadvertent – steps…

This was some week. It's had everything from sequins and sparkles to a very real need to buy rubber gloves - and a shitload of bleach - that I foresee in the near future. The glamour you see on my social media platforms (well, sometimes) comes out of the front door that I have to … Continue reading From cutesy to chaos in a few easy – but inadvertent – steps…

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…

Slytherin chocolate brownies…

Let me be clear, absolutely nothing about these brownies will turn you into a power hungry, magical supremacist. They're called Slytherin brownies because I baked them for Child 2 when she told me she needed to take cakes in for the school bake sale. She and her sister are in Howard House. The cake stall … Continue reading Slytherin chocolate brownies…

Happy 60th Birthday, Barbie!

As it's the holidays my family has more time to explore everything we see, do and encounter on our way through the time together. Often that's through necessity. Sometimes you have to 'pad out' the day - kids are used to a school day that constantly stimulates and challenges them physically, intellectually and emotionally. When … Continue reading Happy 60th Birthday, Barbie!

Sun care for civilians…

After a hot day chez S's V, I feel duty bound to write a small PSA. It's hot, it's sunny, it's not what most British people are used to - even after a beautiful summer last year. We generally haven't assimilated the knowledge required to deal with these conditions, despite numerous warnings and sustained efforts … Continue reading Sun care for civilians…

That was the week that was, well, the worst…

I haven't been very active on the Sophie's Voice social media platforms over the past couple of weeks. That's due to a delightful little drama chez Sophie's Voice Towers. I always say I won't talk about my kids - and then I end up doing so anyway. However today I'm going to start truthfully and … Continue reading That was the week that was, well, the worst…

An up and down sort of month or so…

Going up at home: Life at Merebank Towers is getting better in some ways. After a false fire alarm last Friday there was a lot of bonding while wearing pyjamas and warm coats. We discovered that a lot of people have illegal pets. The firefighters were, to a man and woman, all extremely attractive and … Continue reading An up and down sort of month or so…