A Carol for Christmas

24 Sleeps till Christmas

And so it begins; for the first time this year can I start by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

Can I also make my apologies now for I know that it’s not always the merriest time of year for some and the season can be celebrated in different ways by other faiths and religions. However I must write in the spirit in which it means to me; and that is Love and Fun for Everyone.

So I truly hope; for those that:

  • are unable to enjoy the season; you are okay and able to be with family and friends at this time of year
  • celebrate this time of year in your special way; your celebrations are fulfilling and bring you joy
  • just like a bit of a knees up; stay safe, drink sensibly and make sure your address is written on your forehead for the taxi ride home

Right, enough of the Claus’s (snigger, I crack myself up) let’s take a trip down nostalgia lane with this lovely Carol that I first heard when I was a youngster.

I am a big fan of the Lewis Carroll story A Christmas Carol. As sad as it may sound I have a collection of different version of the movie except I’m afraid to say the animation that I first heard this played.

It dates back so far that no one really knows its true origins or author but has been sung at all types of events from concerts to movies to kids on the street. As you can imaging, being such an old carol there have been many versions to the lyrics so I’ve put together what I think reads the best.

So without further ado here is:

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry gentlemen

Let nothing you dismay

Remember Christ our Saviour

Was born on Christmas Day

To Save us all from Satan’s pow’r

When we were gone astray

 

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

 

From God our heavenly Father

A blessed angel came,

And unto certain shepherds

Brought tidings of the same,

How that in Bethlehem was born

The Son of God by name

 

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

 

Fear not then, said the Angel

Let nothing you affright

This day is born a Saviour

Of a pure virgin birth

To free all those who trust in him

From Satan’s pow’r and might

 

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

 

The shepherds at those tidings

Rejoiced much in mind,

And left their flocks a-feeding

In tempest, storm and wind,

And went to Bethlehem straightway,

This blessed Babe to find

 

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

 

In Bethlehem, in Israel

This blessed Babe was born

And laid within a manager

Upon this blessed morn

The which His Mother Mary

Did nothing take to scorn

 

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

 

Now to the Lord sing praises,

All you within this place,

And with true love and brotherhood

Each other now embrace;

This holy tide of Christmas

All other doth deface

 

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy

Oh tidings of comfort and joy

 

If you’d like to here the carol this version by Anne Lennox is particularly festive, go check it out.

Image from Pinterest, modified by JRFC

Almost Time…

Ladies and Gentlesurfers of the WWW… ITTTTTTTT’sss almost here and I’m raring to go. See what I did there, had you going for a moment, don’t deny it (chuckle).

Oh yes; Sunday sees the Advent Calendars go up and the Christmas sleep countdown begins. I have arranged a daily post, from Sunday, that I hope will put a festive sparkle img_0940in your eye. Now I say daily; I have arranged a post for every day, but at this time of year my head is spinning like a Waltzer Ride and I revert back to my very excitable childhood.

So don’t be too surprised to see any extra’s being squeezed in for seasonal good measure.

I’ve got Carols, I’ve got Jingles and of course there’s your’s truly’s attempts at making a Holly Jolly Christmas for you. So two more sleeps to the start of my bumper December.

I hope you enjoy and have a Merry, oh whats the word… CHRISTMAS!!!

The Real Neat Blog Award

What about this then; the ‘Real Neat Blog Award’. That’s just so cool!
Massive thanks to Tatterhood’s Musings for this one. You’ve got to go visit, she has a great blog that I do love to read. Funny, interesting, sincere; brilliant.

It’s beginning to feel like my cub-scout days and collecting badges for doing stuff. I confess, I never had that many but it felt good when I did achieve one. And this feels brilliant!

So thank you again Tatterhood and as always thanks to everyone who visit’s the Mush. Love you all!

Right enough of the soppy stuff let’s get down to business; that’s right I’m going all the way this time.

The Rules

  1. Display the Award Logo – CHECK
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog – CHECK
  3. Answer the questions of the one who nominated you – See Below CHECK
  4. Nominate 7-10 bloggers – See Below CHECK
  5. Ask them seven questions – See Below CHECK

Questions for Answering
This or That?

  1. Seagulls or Pigeons? – Seagulls; there vicious
  2. Cake or Biscuits? – Both; I love sugar
  3. Flip-Flops or Sandals? – Flip Flops; and definitely no socks
  4. Chop Sticks or Forks? – Forks; I know it’s terrible
  5. Roman Emperor or English King? – Welsh Druid; just can’t help myself
  6. Inktober or Blogtober? – Blogtober; and to all those artists out there more power to you!
  7. Random Crap or Sensible thought provoking Questions? – Random Crap; the randomer and crappier the better.

My Nominee’s
Don’t stress if you don’t want to join in, I completely understand but this is me wanting to recognise your work.

Flicker of Thoughts 
The Broken Inside of Me 
One Regular Dad 
Romantic Ninja 
Daily Doodles 
Brave and Reckless
A Faded Romantics Notebook 

My Questions
I’m gonna take a leaf out Tatter’s book and go with her format of ‘This or That’. I know I’m a cheeky chappie.

  1. Star Wars or Star Trek
  2. Savoury or Sweet
  3. Good Movie or Good Book
  4. Netflix or Amazon
  5. Pen and paper or gadget
  6. Moon Landing Real or Fake
  7. Bugs Bunny or Roger Rabbit

And that’s it I’m done. For those who decide to join in I hope you enjoy. For those who don’t, I hope your blog hits just keep going up and up.

Have a good one!

Details in the Masterpiece

As I sit quietly, looking up

Staring at the pin pricks of light

Through the comfort blanket of night

Shrouding this world of ours

 

I consider my place, my time

In this ocean of existence

And I feel exhilarated, excited

I am alive, I am stimulated

 

Why should I feel small?

Being part of the bigger picture

I feel connected to all alive

All that are no longer alive

 

Why should anyone feel out of place?

We may be individual, only one of me

But I’m proud to be part of us

The Human Race!

 

We are details in this masterpiece

That makes it so

The single pages in the book

Without them it can’t be read

 

Sometimes violent and disgusting

Sometimes sad and inconsolable

And sometimes beautiful

Beyond imagination

 

We stand together

Lest we forgot

All will be lost

Not an option, not on my watch!

 

Copyright © JRFC August 2019
Image from Pixabay

Violette

I just hoped I wouldn’t end up like the cat.

The guy at the door carried on with his conversation.

“Yes Sir, a message. From Violette”

“Violette? Who’s Violette”

“Violette is my Mistress, my Queen. Violette is the woman you seek”.

It was at this point that I no longer wanted to know how the cat died and made a grab for the door only for the man to step in front of it and me.

“You have taken her love away from me”, he scowled.

“I really don’t know what you’re talking about” was my nervous reply.

“I served her…

Breaking News

We interrupt this post to bring you some breaking news:

Violette is to be turned into a short story! 

That’s right folks, I’m taking Violette and adding her to the book, or to be more precise an anthology of poetry and short stories, that I’ve been writing.

When I started this blog my thoughts were, and I’m paraphrasing, “Why not, why not me. Everyone else is doing it why can’t I?”. You may also remember (snigger) at the beginning  of this year I was toying with the idea of a ‘collection’ of poem’s put together with the intention of preping a manuscript.

Well it’s developed into something much bigger.

Now I know that my blog is relatively new with far less followers compared to others out there. I also know that my mood swings fluctuate quicker than a heart rate monitor after a marathan but that’s not the point.

The point for me is, writing has been realised. I’ve confirmed to myself, with the help and support of so many people that I can do this and people do seem to like what I write. After all, this isn’t something I just decided I’d try and do.

I’ve been doing ‘this’ for years but it took alot of courage to take that first step. The fear of embarrassment and lack of confidence, the worry of failure and not considering any success. Now though, now I get it, I’m enjoying it and I’m apart of it; it being this great community of writers, poets; artists!

Again I may have said this before, I know I’m not educated in the literary arts or have qualifications in Shakespeare and Dickens but that’s okay. I not expecting to be the next Pulitzer Prize winner or Poet Laureate, I just want to write. Write stories that, all being well, will be published for those of you out there prepared to read them.

My hope is to have an already started draft finished by the end of the year and get it looked at by one of those great Indie Publishers out there. Oh this blog, by the way, continues as normal-ish (he says sweating and chewing on his fingers).

So please, wish Violette good luck and continue to watch this space! I feel great things are about to happen.

If you want to see how it all began feel free to do so here.

Thank you!

 

Images from Pixabay