Daily Archives: December 10, 2017

Another View of Christmas

I just found this from 2012 and have to ask the same questions 5 years later. Nothing has changed

I choose how I will spend the rest of my life

“An eye for an eye
will make us all blind.”
Mahatma Gandhi

After all the cheerful Christmas posts I have been writing and reading, I remembered this video – Happy Christmas (War is Over) from John Lennon.

Lennon was murdered on 8 December 1980 and so it is obviously many years since he sang this song but  what has changed?  War is still being raged around the world; people are dying; children are being maimed; people are starving; people are being punished for their beliefs; bombs are still being manufactured by countries who deny this; prisoners are being inhumanely treated….  Will we ever learn?

And compare that video with the words of Imagine

Wouldn’t that make for a Very Happy Christmas

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It Had to Happen



Photo credit Simon Woolf

After days of wonderful warm sunshine and almost no wind, we have been lulled into the belief that summer is really here this year in Wellington.  Unfortunately, I awoke this morning to heavy rain and strong wind.  The rain didn’t last but the wind has blown all day.


Wellington Weather

Photo credit Stuff

Well as the song goes, What a Difference a Day Makes!

But what to do in the face of the weather.  I have been re-reading an editing my book on Surviving Grief and Loss.  I have high hopes that it will be ready to be published by March.  Also, I have been acting as a Beta reader for a couple of blogging friends and finishing reading the latest book by Louise Penny, Glass Houses.  My review will be posted on this book in a day or so.

So a productive day including finishing off Christmas wrappings.  Which brings me beautifully to Christmas carols/songs and once again I want to share my favourite with you.



And the 12 Days of Christmas New Zealand style


On the first day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
A Pukeko in a Ponga Tree
On the second day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Two kumara
And a Pukeko in a Ponga Tree
On the third day of Christmas
Three flax* kits
On the fourth day of Christmas
Four huhu* bugs (*a huhu bug is a large flying beetle)
On the fifth day of Christmas
Five –  big – fat – pigs!
On the sixth day of Christmas
Six pois* a twirling (*pois are the softballs on plaited cords used by Maori women when dancing)
On the seventh day of Christmas
Seven eels a swimming
On the eighth day of Christmas
Eight plants of puha* (*puha is dandelion leaves)
On the ninth day of Christmas
Nine sacks of pipis* (*pipis are small shellfish)
On the tenth day of Christmas
Ten juicy fish heads
On the eleventh day of Christmas
Eleven haka* lessons (*haka is a Maori ‘war’ dance)
On the twelfth day of Christmas
Twelve piupius* swinging (*piupius is a Maori flax skirt)

Original words by Kingi M. Ihaka

So that’s my day for Sunday 10 December 2017.  I’m looking forward to the sunny day promised for tomorrow.