image from yorkminster.org

On Christmas Eve we took the train into York to see a carol service at York Minster. The cathedral is impressive and so was the choir. It was a little weird to sing the English versions of songs (I’m looking at you “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “Away in a Manager”).

All the churchy people paraded in for the service. There were flags and giant crosses on sticks and candles and scepters and a bishop, complete with bishop hat!!

On the way home we passed a Christmas concert in the park near our house. A local high school band was performing in the band stand.

Merry Christmas!

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We got our first snow of the season this week! Today BBC is predicting “Sunny Intervals” followed by more “Light Snow Showers” on Sunday and Monday. Maybe we’ll have a white christmas!

The Yorkshire Post’s take on the snow


Our Christmas tree is up and decorated. We got it from a farm down the road a bit. The cat will not leave it alone. Surprise, surprise.

This year we actually have a fireplace where we can hang our stockings. I would still recommend that Santa enter via the door, though, as I have no idea the last time the chimney was cleaned.