One week to Christmas. Still no snow. It was very cold this morning, frost on the ground, ice on the windows, but by this evening it is muggy and damp again.
Carols this morning in church. New carols. Graham Kendrick carols. I am working my way through my 29 CDs of Christmas songs and carols. From "A lonely pup in a Christmas shop" to Poulenc and Britten. I love them all. My favorites? O Holy Night. Driving home for Christmas. Hark the Herald Angels Sing. The Pogues.
I think it was "Home Alone" that started the extravagent house decoration in the UK. It is a pleasure to drive around the streets at night trying to find the house decorated in the most extreme bad taste. I don't look down on them. They give me joy. I rejoice in the exuberance of it all.