Christmas Writing Prompt #11: Favourite Christmas Carol

Today’s Christmas writing prompt –

Source: Christmas Writing Prompt #11: Favourite Christmas Caro


A Christmas Carol or Noel comes from the French word Christmas.

The word Christmas Carol refers to a piece of vocal music, which uses the Christmas season as its theme. Christmas Carol are religiously based and centre on the Christian belief  of the Birth of Jesus

Growing up as a child, I sang many Christmas carols, at church, in school and my neighbour’s front door. Here are a few examples  We Three Kings (an Epiphany song), Deck the Hall (a pagan Yuletide drinking song) and  Silent Night – ( composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr ) of carol’s I sang.


My favourite Christmas carol is the Drummer Boy.


My favourite carol is the little Drummer Boy









Daily Prompt – My Personal VALUES


What are Values?

Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work.

When the things that you do and the way you behave match your values, life is usually good – you’re satisfied and content

My Personal Values


Picture source – Pinterest

Personal Values determine Our Goals and Outcomes in Life.

The goals we choose, are the outer expression of our Personal Values.

Personal Values are a major motivating force for people because they categorise how people attach meaning and importance to things they value.

  • Living a Life of Honesty and Integrity.
  • Being Dependable and on time.
  • Helping Others with personal needs
  • Living a life obtaining knowledge.
  • I continually strive to learn and grow as a person.
  • A believing family is of fundamental importance.
  • Educating oneself and sharing this knowledge
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Our Personal Values reflect who we are.


A person’s identity and personality are held together by their Values and Beliefs. What are your Personal Values?

Tuesday Travel Highlight – Amsterdam

My eldest Son, his Girlfriend and My grandson have just moved to the Netherlands. This is where she is from. Although I feel really sad they have moved abroad, I am looking forward to travelling and visiting My family and the arrival of my second grandchild in March. I am looking forward to travelling, meeting new people,exploring and learning a new language.

look around!


Guest Post

by Miriam Hurdle

     Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades.


     Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths. In fact, cyclers have more right of way than pedestrians. This building is one of the major bicycle parking structures.


     We visited the wooden thong factory, ceramic painting factory, and cheese factory (with cheese tasting).

     Visiting Anne Frank Huts was a must. Her hiding place was a room with the door blocked by a bookcase. In my early teaching years, Anne Frank’s Diary was on the student’s reading list.


     We visited the Van Gogh Museum on a rainy day, so no photos were taken. I found a Van Gogh painting from Google images.

mopana-amsterdam-van-gogh-painting Source: Google Image

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Christmas Writing Prompt answer #1 – Last Christmas

Christmas Writing Prompt #1 is called ‘Last Christmas’ and it asks you to share your memories of last Christmas.

Source: Christmas Writing Prompt answer #1 – Last Christmas.

Last Christmas I was counting the days leading up to Christmas.

I  was excited and looking forward to sharing my time with my eldest son and his girlfriend. But what I was looking forward to the most was sharing the fun and joys of Christmas with My grandson.

It was to be his first Christmas. The Christmas gifts were beginning to pile as the days drew closer.

I wondered if I would manage to take all the gifts to the train station and then transport them to my grandson’s home.

A sample of gifts for my grandson


But this was just a dream

But sadly I spent Christmas alone, screaming in physical and emotional pain. I felt guilty that I had let my family down. I felt so sad that I would not see the wicked smile off my grandson when he opened his gifts.

Heavily dosed on strong painkillers, the hours merged into days, while Christmas celebrations around the world continued
without me.

Although I enjoyed my time with my family in January, the Christmas spirit was gone, so too had my dad who had passed away. So I had to visit with sadness in my heart.


His first gift was the train I bought. He has spent many hours playing with this gift.


I used to love Christmas. My home was decorated like Santa’s grotto.
Christmas music would play in the background, presents piling high. I believe Children bring the magic of Christmas while time spent alone, it’s just another day.

Merry Christmas to all who read this post. I hope your Christmas is filled with lots of laughter, fun and love