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An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes: “F”

This is a post belonging to a new blogging project — the title is pretty much self-explanatory, I think; the project’s introductory post can be found HERE.  Credit for the idea: BeetleyPete. As always, the only thing linking the two items mentioned in this post in my mind is that they both start with the […]

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Donna Andrews: The Gift of the Magpie … and Yule Candles, Candy, and Other Christmas Cheer

24 Festive Tasks: Door 1 – Winter Solstice (Yule – Dōngzhì – Soyal – Yaldā Night), Book, Task 1 and Bonus Task #2: Book: Read a book that takes place in December, with ice or snow on the cover, where all events take place in a single day or night, that revolves around the solstice, […]

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Neighborhood Christmas Decorations

24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 – Advent, Task 2: Tell us: What is your favorite holiday tradition?   I don’t know if I have one particular favorite holiday tradition, but one of my favorite moments occurs on Christmas Eve, when we walk through the silent, festively-decorated night-time streets of our neighborhood on our way to […]

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Chili con Carne & Fresh Pineapple

24 Festive Tasks: Door 1 – Día de los Muertos / All Saints’ Day, Task 2 & Door 13 – Advent, Task 3: If you like Mexican food, treat yourself to a favorite dish – and / or make yourself a margarita – and share a photo. AND: Prepare an apple cider wassail bowl or […]

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Bonn City Hall Window Lights Advent Calendar

24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 – Advent, Task 1: Share a picture of your advent calendar.   I didn’t have an Advent calendar of my own this year, so I’m going to share a picture of my city’s traditional one, in the windows of the historic city hall:   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2022197/24-festive-tasks-door-13-advent-task-1

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Louise Penny: Still Life

24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 – Advent, Book: Read a pastiche, a book authorized by a deceased author’s estate, the 4th book in a series, a book with the word “four” in the title, a book featuring four siblings, or a book with a wreath, pines or fir trees on the cover.) Turns out I […]

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24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 – Advent

Reblogged from: Murder by Death   It’s the official kick-off to the Christmas season, whether from a religious or secular standpoint – only 25 days until Christmas!   Door 13:  Advent   Task 1:  Share a picture of your advent calendar.   Task 2: Tell us: What is your favorite holiday tradition?   Task 3: Prepare an […]

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Favorite Holiday Tradition

24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 – Advent, Task 2: The holidays season is in full swing – tell us:  What’s your favorite tradition? I don’t actually have one single favorite holiday tradition — to me the holidays are pretty much a multi-faceted package, and each one of the components is equally important; everything from Christmas […]

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My Wassail Bowl and Favorite Spicy Drink

24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 – Advent, Task 3; and Door 24 – Epiphany, Task 4: The tradition of carol singing in the Advent / holiday season is linked to the old Anglo-Saxon (and medieval) custom of wassailing (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wassailing).  Prepare an apple cider wassail bowl or a wassail bowl containing your favorite drink or fruit.  […]

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Neil Gaiman & Jouni Koponen: A Study in Emerald

24 Festive Tasks: Door 13 – Advent, Book Short Story: Advent also means “second coming”: Read a pastiche, or a book written by an “authorised author” by the deceased author’s estate. OR: There are four Sundays in Advent.  Read the fourth book of a series or a book with the word “four” in the title. […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Final Tally

The Markers: Stack of Books: Books read       Red Bows and Ribbons: Other Tasks completed Joker cards used:   The Squares, Books and Other Tasks: Square 1: November 1st: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos & Calan Gaeaf Book themes for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day: A book that […]

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Martin Edwards (ed.) & Various Authors: Silent Nights (BLCC)

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 5 – Advent Golden Age Christmas Vignettes Book themes for Advent: Read a book with a wreath or with pines or fir trees on the cover Silent Nights is the first of (at this point) two Christmas mystery short story anthologies in the British Library’s “Crime Classics” series, […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Fifth Square – Advent (December 3 and following three Sundays)

This, again, may be the “16 Festive Tasks” equivalent to carrying coals to Newcastle, but anyway …: Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.  The term is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming”. […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Updates / Blackout

I’ve yet to read at least one book for some of the squares, but I’ve completed a minimum of either one book or one task for all of the squares, and in several cases, more.     The Markers: Stack of Books: Books read       Red Bows and Ribbons: Other Tasks completed   […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Updates

I’ll be tracking my completed books, tasks, and points comprehensively here.   The Markers: Stack of Books: Books read Red Bows and Ribbons: Other Tasks completed   The Squares, Books and Other Tasks: Square 1: November 1st: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos & Calan Gaeaf Book themes for Día de Muertos and […]

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The Festive Tasks in Calendar Form – December

Reblogged from: Murder by Death   Posting this just in case anyone else finds it useful. November is here.     Square 5:  Book themes for Advent: Read a book with a wreath or with pines or fir trees on the cover –OR– Read the 4th book from a favorite series, or a book featuring 4 […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 5 – Advent

Tasks for Advent: Post a pic of your advent calendar. The cat wasn’t in a festive mood (he thought it safer to watch my photo antics from under the living room table and wait ’till I was done), so a red background will have to do. Anyway, the Lions’ Club branch of a small town […]

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Introducing the 16 Tasks of the Festive Season!

Reblogged from: Murder by Death   Themis-Athena’s Garden of Books and I have put together a little something to celebrate the festive season we hope you’ll like.  Our goal was to represent as many of the festive holidays and traditions that happen at this time of year around the world as we reasonably could, and […]

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