Merry Christmas and Good-Bye to 2015!

I will now go on a blog hiatus until the New Year, as I spend the next two weeks preparing wintry treats, wandering around Christmas markets, playing board games and watching old films, skating and skiing, hiking on snow-filled country lanes and coming home to a crackling fire to roast chestnuts… In my dreams!

More realistically: watching the children play video games, watching inane Christmas specials, slaving over food no one else wants to eat, trying to persuade kids to change out of their pyjamas… Whichever scenario comes true, time-consuming tasks one and all, so Part 2 of the Silenced Writers may have to wait until 2016.

‘There are years that ask questions and years that answer’ said Zora Neale Hurston. 2014 asked many profound questions of me, while 2015 was a year of waiting far too long for answers. So I won’t be sorry to see the end of it. Third time lucky, right?

A very merry Christmas to you all, a heartfelt thought to all of you who may not be feeling too cheerful at this time of year, and may 2016 bring you good health, much joy and lots of excellent (and extreme) reading!

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32 thoughts on “Merry Christmas and Good-Bye to 2015!”

  1. Sounds like you’ll be spending the holidays in much the same way others of your generation are–realistically. Hope you enjoy that food you have created and find some time to relax. I have to giggle–I used to bake so much for Christmas Eve, when we would have people in and read the likes of that chapter in Wind in the Willows and the whole of the Tailor of Gloucester, that I would fall asleep, so tired…No doubt to snore, mouth a-gape, ruining any illusion of the special moment.

  2. Happy Christmas MariaSofia and thank you for all your posts this year. It is always a treat to drop by your blog and check out with eclectic mix of books you have been reading. All the best for 2015 🙂

  3. I’m no fan of this time of year. Indulge yourself wherever and whenever possible. See you on the other side, ready for the pleasure of looking at a fresh page of life!

  4. Have a wonderful Christmas, Marina Sofia. Thanks for all you’ve done to make 2015 a great blogging year, and I wish you and your family a joyful, happy holiday. Please don’t forget to take some time for yourself.

  5. Here’s hoping the festive break turns out to be at least tolerable, and that you get the chance to relax and enjoy yourself. And here’s hoping, too, that 2016 turns out to be a great year for you.

    And many thanks for all the great book reviews you’ve posted through the year. It’s always a great pleasure to read your posts.

  6. As someone with Aspergers this time of year is very difficult because it destroys all the routines that keep me stable. I am going to hunker down for the next fortnight too and get ready for the New Year when I can restore some order. Have as good a Christmas as you can.

  7. Frohe Weihnachten, liebe Marine, fuer Dich und Deine Familie, und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr. May 2016 be happy and joyful and bring you everything you want. XXX 😀

  8. A very Merry Christmas to you, Marina Sofia! And, it’s important to hang on to our dreams, so I’m wishing part of the first scenario to come true for you. Also, a blessed New Year with much joy. Thank you for blogging with me!

  9. Stay warm in heart MarinaSofia, and i hope kindness and appreciation also come your way, and your stove-top endeavours at least get a thank-you from those whose plates you are filling

  10. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, MarinaSofia! I hope 2016 is full of great (crime fiction) books and lots of new authors to discover. Also, thank you for your constant support and your fellow-blogger love xxx

    P.S I see you’re reading Dolores Redondo’s The Invisible Guardian: I am starting it tonight and I got to meet her last June. I’d love to compare notes once we’ve both read it 😀

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