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December 15, 2014


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Penny L



Agree,agree,agree X

Miranda | Miranda's Notebook

Love everything in your Christmas reading pile! I've got a beautiful copy of Cider With Rosie I can't wait to curl up with.


If you'd like further suggestions for seasonal reading, may I suggest "Christmas Pudding" by Nancy Mitford and "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote?

Lisa G.

Well, I'm glad you've got it sorted out to where you can really enjoy this season. Your description sounds very enticing and fun! I'm keeping in mind the Dorothy Sayers book you mentioned recently; I'm going to get my hands on it. The Elizabeth David book also sounds good.


I have just got my hands on the Dorothy L Sayers as I was particularly taken with your suggestion that it would make a good read for January. I do like my reading to match the season.

The list of Christmas nonsense in which I refuse to participate grows each year.


It all sounds great to me.
I always like listening to David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries audio recording at Christmas, and David Rakoff's Christmas Freud piece on This American Life.



You are not alone in feeling this way.


There are probably far more of us who would rather mark this time of year in a way similar to yours than anyone is aware of. Because we keep our head below the parapet and steer clear of all the commercial madness. Love your suggestions for reading, adding some to the growing pile I shall delve into when I start my twelve (work free days) of celebration.


I know you have an enthusiasm for Maigret so can I reccomend the short story Maigret's Christmas for your festive reading? Paris in 1950, wonderfully atmospheric and Mme M knitting industriously in the background.

Barb Gardner

I put the tree up for family, and do love seeing all the ornaments I've collected over the years. But...my favorite thing is taking it down! Here's a funny book with a weird Antarctic theme: Where'd You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple.


We have everyone home this year with a critical mass during four days. I believe that they won't want anything more than smoked salmon sandwiches and champagne in bed !! ( well perhaps a sliver of foie gras from time to time....)x

S peterson

I've always felt like Scrooge at Christmas, because of all the bother. Now, my tiny family has tacos for Christmas (we are Americans of Northern English and Danish descent) dinner, by popular choice! Thanks for echoing my Christmas thoughts.

Kristin Nicholas

Hi Jane - I love this. I too am not much into all the Christmas hoopla although when Julia was younger I got sucked into it. So much easier now that she is older! I wish you and your family the nicest of holidays spending time together! XO Kristin


Oh my goodness, it's amazing that you should mention Elizabeth David's Christmas cookbook. I have spent the last several Christmases working my way through that very book. The year I started it was my all-time favorite Christmas. I was too ill to join my boyfriend's family for our traditional noon meal, so I stayed home and did whatever the heck I wanted. On the program? I watched three hours of Christmas and sacred choral music on our public television station (which I recorded and have returned to every year since), I read Elizabeth's wonderfully subversive Christmas cookbook, and I ate decidedly un-Christmasish food. Despite feeling sick, I truly enjoyed myself.

I'm with you that going with tradition and the traffic of society in general is really over-rated. It's odd but satisfying to realize that while I was in my adolescence, all I wanted to do was to conform and fit in and not stand out, and in my adulthood, I'm determined to blaze my own trail and not do things that everyone else does and to establish my own style and way of thinking. This means that I wear cat eye glasses with rhinestones, I got married in a purple dress, and I only consume the media (music, art, books, blogs, websites, social media, television and movies) that pleases me. I'm also a Facebook conscientious objector. No doubt that there are things I miss out on, but I don't feel that my quality of life is lesser for that loss. I curate my life carefully and the main goal is to be true to myself. That brings me the hard-earned happiness and peace that I didn't have the courage or instinct for when I was growing up, and it is the greatest gift in my life now that I have declared my independence.

Thanks for being just who you are, and encouraging others to do the same.

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