Another Christmas Gone

Artist Josip Falica

Another Christmas Gone
by Anonymous

The first white hill still glistens
Beneath the moonlit skies;
As on the night of Christmas
Untrod it sleeping lies,
A new born year is waiting
To meet the early dawn:
And whisper this to all the world,
Another Christmas gone.

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Carols Around the Christmas Tree

Artist Lucy Grossmith

Carols Around The Christmas Tree
By Angela Wybrow

The night was cold, but, thankfully, dry,
As, at the church, the villagers arrived;
They gathered about the bejewelled tree,
With their hearts and faces so full of glee.

The rich and the poor, the young and the old
All came together, braving the cold;
Donning their coats, hats, scarves and gloves,
They gathered together in this season of love.

Around the tree, the merry throng
Raised their voices in joyful song:
They sang of Jesus and of angels singing;
Of kings bearing gifts and of church bells ringing.

Their warm breath clouded the frosty air,
As, the joy of song, they cheerfully shared;
A local brass band played along –
Their sound ringing out, sweet and strong.

When the carols were over and the music had died,
The merry throng then trooped back inside,
Where they were offered a welcome glass of mulled wine,
And a deep-filled mince pie on which they could dine.

They had come together and sung as one,
And the evening, they agreed, had been immense fun;
Spirits were high, as they went their own ways,
Having enjoyed singing carols – great songs of praise.

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Winter Solstice Greetings

Winter Solstice Greetings
by Janet K. Rauch

A blanket of snow
glistens fluffy and white
Tucks us in, oh so cozy
for the long winter night

We’ll light one white candle
Let busy minds release
all the cares of the day
for a moment of peace

On this longest of nights
and shortest of days
Thank the Great Universe
for the sun’s growing rays

From our house to yours
Yuletide blessings we send
So gracious life’s cycle
No beginnings, no end

For those who aren’t here
we’ve a hole in our lives
But because we’re all one
Their spirit survives

Their breath in the wind
Their voices are heard
in the chirping of crickets
and the sweet singing bird

In the great scheme of things
We’re connected to all
If one of us stumbles
Another may fall

So gather your loved ones
Your friends and your foes
We’re all in this together
Yes, that’s how it goes

Mother Nature can teach us
She’ll show us what’s best
If we learn from life’s lessons
she’ll do the rest

So let’s light our candles
on Winter Solstice night
Celebrate kindred spirit
and be one with the light

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The Little Christmas Tree

Artist Lynn Bywaters

The Little Christmas Tree
by Bob Lazzar-Atwood

A happy little Christmas tree
Stood bravely in the cold,
And prayed to some nice family
It one day would be sold.

It dreamed of all the pretty lights
They’d string around its limbs,
And of the warm and quiet nights
They’d fill with Christmas hymns.

It pictured all the loving smiles
On each and every face,
And all the brightly colored piles
Of gifts around its base.

So every day the little tree
Would stretch its trunk up high,
And hold its limbs out gracefully
As people passed it by.

And lots of people loved the tree
And stopped to say hello,
But most of them would later leave
With larger trees in tow.

With Christmas just a week away
The rush for trees was on,
They sold them faster every day
’til most of them were gone.

But not the little Christmas tree
It stayed upon the lot,
And when it closed on Christmas Eve
It still had not been bought.

With heavy heart and weary limbs
The tree began to weep,
And as the day grew cold and dim
It cried itself to sleep.

That night an angel passing by
Took pity on the tree,
And flew it swiftly though the sky
To find a family.

She left it by a poor man’s door
And knocked so he could hear,
She knew that he could not afford
A Christmas tree that year.

On Christmas Day the tree awoke
To loud and joyous noise,
It saw the smiles of happy folks
And laughing girls and boys.

Its limbs were draped with popcorn strings
And ribbons tied in bows,
And up on top with tinfoil wings
And angel proudly posed.

No treasure to be found on Earth
Could match the little tree’s,
For none could be of greater worth
than love and family.

And way up high above the clouds
Where only angels roam,
A light was shining brighter now,
The tree had found a home.

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Audiobook Review: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Adapted by Dave McCluskey

Author: Dave McCluskey
Narrator: Liam Scott
Length: 1 hour 11 minutes
Publisher: Dammaged Productions
Released: Nov. 20, 2020
Genre: Classics

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A classic Christmas tale, lovingly recreated in this beautiful audio book.

The reviled Scrooge is visited by three spirits who teach him the real meaning of life.

The tale has been turned into rhyme, making this a delightful new twist to the story you know so well. Could it be a new addition to your Christmas traditions?

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Dave McCluskey. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Like many others, I enjoy reading Christmas books and watching Christmas movies, so I was excited to listen to the audiobook of A Christmas Carol. I didn’t realize until I started listening to it that it’s in rhyme! I already knew that Dave McCluskey is talented, but this book is impressive. It has to be difficult to take a book that was written so many years ago and turn it into a rhyming book.

The narrator, Liam Scott, does a magnificent job. This is one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to. His pace and timing are perfect, and he does a splendid job at the different voices.

This version of A Christmas Carol is a good audiobook for both adults and children. All ages will enjoy listening to it. I know it’s a book that I’ll add to my Christmas tradition.

Writing as D E McCluskey, I write novels, graphic novels and comics. I live in Liverpool (UK) with my partner and our daughters, one of them an author in her own right (at the age of 11) with her children’s adventure The Hangry Hamster.

I began writing in 2011, creating my first comic publication entitled Interesting Tymes. This is an anthology of short horror stories written in rhyme for children and adults, introducing the world to Edward D’Ammage. The first book was quickly followed by Interesting Tymes x 2 and the spin off series called Edward D’Ammage Presents: The Wedding.

I then moved on to more adult related fiction, bringing out the one shot Wooden Heart, followed by the full graphic novel Doppelganger.

I then moved on to produce a number of comics and graphic novels, including The Few, a zombie series, DeathDay Presents, a graphic novel comedy based in Hell, Three Days in the City, The Adventures of Mace Masoch and many more. I wrote and produced a full graphic novel for children entitled OLF, a clever twist on an old Christmas tale. Spurred on by this, I partnered up with artist Joe Matthews to produce a retelling of the classic Christmas tale A Christmas Carol, re-writing it completely in rhyme.

I then turned my sights towards writing novels. My debut novel The Twelve was released in 2017 to great reviews. This was followed by a collaboration with a local, Liverpool music historian, to produce a historical thriller called In The Mood… For Murder, based in Liverpool in 1946.

My next novel was a dark, brutal psychological horror entitled CRACK, which tackles the issues of PTSD and addiction.

I then produced a romance/horror/comedy crossover entitled Z: A Love Story.

In August 2019 I did a collaboration with another author based in Liverpool. C William Giles. The book is called The Contract and will be the first of a trilogy.

Butterflies, my first foray outside the genre of horror/thriller is a female led drama, was released on 1st October 2020.

I have produced 2 audio books, one of CRACK and the other of A Christmas Carol.

My future works will include horrors, thrillers, children’s books and YA adventures.

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Narrator Bio

Liam Scott Actor – Director – Writer (Ginificent) A dynamic and motivated Actor, Writer and Director with a twenty year history of performing live and on film. Liam is an exceptional performer and producer who can achieve many accents and dialects at ease. He has a professional studio and can create quality mastered recordings, with sound knowledge of logic pro and final cut. He has enjoyed a successful career as an actor on Stage and more recently on TV & Film. Liam is a passionate creative and thrives on managing projects from concept to completion. Previously a teacher of The Arts and and avid reader, Liam loves bringing books to life and delivers performances with perfection and understanding. He has an in-depth knowledge of classic texts and has created stage plays in support of GCSE English, delivering creative workshops nationwide. An adaptable and transformational actor with an ability to work independently. Liam is also a musician and has vast experience of creating soundscapes and music in support of TV, theatre and radio plays.

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