Tis Christmas, Again!

I had a lovely surprise today. A parcel arrived bearing three books from one of my proofreading clients, Evan Graver. Thank you, Evan.

I haven’t reviewed any of them as I hadn’t read the final copies. I shall do soon and review each of them. But from what I read while proofreading, Ryan Weller is a protagonist well worth following.

Go over to Evan’s website – www.EvanGraver.com to sign up for his newsletter and receive a free Ryan Weller short story. And the books are of course, available on Amazon.

Receiving the parcel by mail, which is very unusual for me these days, took me back to when we lived in Scotland. The mail was delivered every day except Sunday and at this time of year, there were two deliveries each day. Parcels were delivered separately, again every day, Now, here in New Zealand, we get three deliveries a week. Well, of course, many moons ago when I was a young wife living in Scotland, there was no internet, no emails and everybody sent Christmas cards and presents. And when I came to live here in NZ, we had to post mail early in November to be assured that it would arrive on time. Now mail and the odd parcel take days instead of weeks.

Pohutakawa tree

Pohutakawa tree -Image via Wikipedia

And here in the southern hemisphere, it is, of course, summer. And once again, I am showing our NZ Christmas tree, the Pohutakawa. Isn’t it lovely? At this time of year, it is in full bloom. It lines the streets around our neighbourhood and the main thoroughfares in town. And while we enjoy summer days I know that many of you are ‘enjoying’ snow. But then, you have a real Christmas with all the trimmings. We enjoy barbecues and swims in the pool.

So on this day, three days before Christmas, may I wish you all a very happy Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice or in whatever way you celebrate this time of the year. And may you have a healthy and joyful New Year.


23 responses to “Tis Christmas, Again!

  1. You are lucky. Here, it can take two months for a letter to arrive. No-one uses the post office if they can help it.
    I hope the new year brings you great joy.


  2. Telling the grandchildren – yet again! – what life was like in “olden days” when we had two postal deliveries a day. You reminded me of my student days, when we all earned a bit of extra cash by helping out with the Christmas mail at the Post Office and sometimes, I traipsed around my “walk” three times a day delivering cards and packets. Happy Christmas and a great new year to you, too, Judith!

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  3. Merry Christmas and wishing you peace, joy and happiness in the new year.


  4. Merry Christmas Judith! Your trees are amazing! I also like the photo about snow. We haven’t had to much yet. I was despise wouldn’t get any for Christmas, but a bit came down last night.


  5. Happy holidays, Judith!


  6. And Happy Holidays to you too my friend. Your tree is surely a beauty and enough to put you in the mood, even in a New Zealand summer.


  7. Have a great Christmas and all the best in 2019!

    Speaking of books, have you read Charlotte Grimshaw’s trilogy–Night Book, Soon and Starlight Peninsula? I’m catching up on my NZ writers and those three are all fantastic.


    • Best wishes are reciprocated. Thank you.
      And no I don’t know Charlotte Grimshaw’s writing. When I have read some of the books in the waiting to be read pile, i will hunt her out.


  8. Wishing you a fabulous Christmas


  9. You have magnificent natural Christmas trees! Enjoy your parcels of books. Here in Texas we are having a warm Christmas as we often do with temps in the 70s. Have a great Christmas, Judith!

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  10. I love your posts. This one gave us a peek into your two-continent life. That’s marvelous to have experienced Christmas in winter and summer and to have accepted both. I THINK I would choose snow, but how can I choose without experiencing the opposite?

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