I grew rather fond of Sir Roger de Coverley when I was studying English Lit, back in the middle of the last century. I was suddenly reminded of him on Thursday morning when I noticed a display of Christmas goods at a local National Trust property:"I have often thought, says Sir Roger, it happens very well that Christmas should fall in the Middle of Winter" The Spectator, No 269
Poor Sir Roger would be very confused by our modern seasons; I am sure that he would have considered September as an autumnal month. I wonder how he would have reacted had he been in Bristol at the beginning of August when I visited the Hole in the Wall pub and found the Christmas menu on display?
If we can't avoid the tacky commercialism altogether, at least we can introduce a little meaning and good taste to the season. I recently bought a copy of A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts and I recommend it to anyone who wants to recapture the real spirit of Christmas.
The book is really lovely to handle and is packed with descriptions of Christmas traditions, stories, recipes, poems, ideas for gifts and ways to decorate your home.
Terra Hangen, one of the authors, calls by Random Distractions occasionally. As well as the book, she co-writes A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts blog.
If you would like a chance to own a copy of this delightful book, leave a comment here. You can share my grumpy view of shops and advertising or tell me what you like about Christmas preparations. I'll draw a name out of the hat at the end of next week.