Posted by: Lisa Hill | December 25, 2022

Merry Christmas, everyone, and all the best for 2023!

Best wishes to everyone for the festive season!

Whatever your faith, or if like me you don’t have one, I hope you can celebrate the day with the ones you love.

If you fancy some light reading today, with thanks to the Tea and Ink Society, here are some classic Christmas stories:

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Probably one of the most famous Christmas short stories, this is the tale of a young married couple who desperately want to buy beautiful Christmas presents for each other, but lack the money to do so. They each make a sacrifice to buy the other a present, and the results are humorous and poignant.
Read it here

Christmas at Thompson Hall by Anthony Trollope

If you prefer funny, lighthearted Christmas fare, read this story about an English lady living abroad in Paris, who desperately wants to get back to her ancestral home in time for Christmas. This story is included in a nice hardback collection as part of Penguin’s Christmas Classics series.
Read it here

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Fancy a Christmas-y mystery? It’s the holiday season in London, and when a stolen jewel turns up in a highly unusual spot, Holmes must use his powers of deduction to discover the identity of the thief.
Read it here

And some Christmas music too!


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  1. What a lovely Christmas gift from you to all of us. Best wishes for a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year, Lisa.

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    • Thanks, Eleanor, have a happy day!

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  2. Enjoy a relaxing holiday season, Lisa. Thanks from a reader in Bendigo for all your posts this year which have led to some great reading journeys.
    Heather

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    • Thank you Heather, it’s been a pleasure. Maybe we will meet up next year at the Bendigo Writers Festival!

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  3. God Jul, greetings from the Åland Islands :)

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    • Takk skal du ha!
      (From me and Google Translate which told me your greeting was Norwegian!)

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  4. Wishing you and yours a happy and safe Christmas and New Year Lisa. I haven’t been commenting here as much as usual as it’s been a flat out year, but I do come by and check what you are up to regularly! Thank you for all the work you must put into your blog all year – I hope you are taking a well-earned break!

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    • Thanks, Sue, all the best to you and your family too!
      We’re just back from lunch, so it’s definitely time for the annual collapse-on-the-sofa!

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  5. Well, another year almost over. Thank you for all you do for the readers and writers of the world Lisa, especially those in Australia and New Zealand. You constantly amaze me. I have managed to read quite a few of your recommendations this year. You never fail! Best wishes for a safe and happy Christmas, and a healthy and fun 2023.

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    • Thanks Karenlee, you have a great Christmas wherever you are at the moment!

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  6. Merry Christmas, Lisa and thanks for the reading list!

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  7. Merry Christmas to you and yours Lisa! :D

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  8. Merry Christmas to you Lisa! We had a lovely day eating fresh caught WA seafood 🦞

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    • Very nice!
      I have fond memories of fresh-caught WA seafood in a Fremantle restaurant overlooking the water. There are species you have that we don’t get over here, except maybe in *very* high-end restaurants.

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      • Yea, we had western rock lobster which is much smaller than east coast varieties but the meat is sooooo sweet. Delicious. I still don’t understand the fish species here. And I really miss Victorian fish n’chips where the fish is flake/gummy shark.

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        • Actually, I know this is disloyal, but Qld fish and chips is the best, made with John Dory.

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          • Hmm… they make it with John Dory here too but I am not convinced

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            • Maybe it was just the fish and chip shop in Burleigh Waters that did it so well.

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  9. Seasons Greetings to you and yours too Lisa. Hope you had a lovely relaxing day yesterday – not too hot I hope!

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    • TBH The beans in the vegie patch weren’t happy but we humans barely noticed the heat. Compared to when I first bought the house (a 1950s weatherboard) we’ve got the passive temperature control down pat now with good insulation everywhere and shade trees and we didn’t even think to pull down the awnings or indoor blinds, much less use the AC or fans. We went from a cool house to an airconditioned restaurant for lunch, and then flaked in front of the TV for the afternoon. (I binge-watched a terrific Scottish series called Guilt on SBS on demand.)
      There was fog today on Sydney Harbour, what strange weather everywhere!

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  10. Merry Christmas, Lisa 🎄❄️😊

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