CHRISTMAS WITH WHO?

CHRISTMAS WITH WHO?

Who did you spend Christmas with?

Thanks to Luciana’s gift, I spent it with Agatha: and with Poirot’s Christmas

A reading that takes you back to the classic situation typical of the riddles to be solved: room and windows closed, inside only the victim, no one enters, no one leaves …

Agatha dedicated this story to her brother-in-law, James, according to whom her murders “were getting refined.”
You yearned for a good violent murder with lots of blood…so this is your special story – written for you.

Among other things, there is also a quote from Shakespeare: “Yet who would have thought the old man had so much blood in him?

The one who pronounces it is not Lady Macbeth but a member of the Lee family, reunited for Christmas at the behest of the elderly father, despite divisions and disputes of various kinds.

And families now, families who have been separated throughout the year, assemble once more together. Now under these conditions, my friend, you must admit that there will occur a great amount of strain. People who do not feel amiable are putting great pressure on themselves to appear amiable! There is at Christmas time a great deal of hypocrisy, honourable hypocrisy, hypocrisy undertaken pour le bon motif, c’est entendu, but nevertheless hypocrisy.”
Hercule Poirot

What to say?
Sadly true.

In the film version, Poirot was played by David Suchet

Speaking of cinema as well as family reunions, as well as with the Lees, I also spent Christmas with the Colardo and Marinelli families, do you know them?

I saw the first time Every cursed Christmas by chance, without knowing anything about.

So its main feature: the duality of all the performers, for me it was an unexpected surprise as much fun.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you can retrieve it here: together with laughter which he will give you.

And you, who did you spend Christmas with?

THE GHOST OF THE PAST READER

THE GHOST OF THE PAST READER

The ghost of the past reader closes the circle this Christmas under the banner of Dickens.

A Christmas Carol is in fact one of the characters of Desy Icardi‘s Christmas e-book. 

For this reading I have to thank Luciana who pointed out the link to Fazi Editore

Desy Icardi as well as a writer is a stand-up comedian and blogger: together with Grace Dis, Sara Ronco and Federica Salassa she created Pataridens  a blog dedicated to funny stories on female issues.

I immediately fell in love with the lawyer Ferro who I discover is also the protagonist of Desy’s other novels.

The idea was precisely to take the characters created by Desy and make them move within a Christmas story.

Good idea! Don’t you agree?

SHIOREN’S WORLD

SHIOREN’S WORLD

Seems impossible, right?! Yet we have really arrived on Christmas Eve, which also brings us the last appointment with the Advent calendar

The grand finale is by the creator of this initiative, as well as the author of the blog Shioren’s world

Anna is also a writer and designer… in short, I still have to find something she can’t do!

On the web Anna’s nickname is Shioren Angel or Shio and on the blog she deals with memories, manga and anime, films, frivolous stuff, because reality is already so bitter at times that we need to create a little happy island where we can take a breath.

How to blame her?

I therefore recommend that you sail to her happy island to discover, in addition to all this, also the greatest fan of Michael Sheen, guaranteed!

Anna also has two novels plus a third work in progress by Anna Esse: Complicated Love and L’altra me. 

Reading the story she wrote for today I was moved as I really have a soft spot for the kind of “angels” she talks about.

The title is The most important thing.

How often do we forget it?

Before the incipit with the link I would like to thank for having been accepted to be part of these daily events that have improved my pre-Christmas period which this year had bad conditions.

I take this opportunity to say to all those who may feel tired, disappointed, and tried by the emotional pollution that sometimes can affect heavily:
It’s Christmas Eve and we are going to go celebrate being young and being alive.” Miles

You guessed what movie it is, right?

And now really The most important thing:

Snow was falling lightly from the sky directly on my face.
“Joseph!” I heard myself called and, immediately, the face of a little girl about my age appeared in my field of vision, with two long and soft golden pigtails and a lively smile.
I looked at her: «and who are you?», I asked her, confused go on here

SHIOREN’S WORLD

NAE: NEW ARTISTIC ECOLOGY

Now a few hours separate us from Christmas and the Advent calendar today gives us a triple surprise by the NAE blog: NewArtisticEcology

The author of the blog: Sabine Stuart De Chevalier has in fact created three different proposals, but before revealing them I would like to underline the intrinsic Art in her project born as a group that she cared as a garden and resulted in the dream of a world of outsiders who celebrate creativity away from glitter.

A lot of esteem.

Among other things, Sabine’s first contribution sees coffee as a key element and I am forced to warn: to abstain if you love bitter coffee … I’m joking!

The title is Delivery to Murder:

Where are you going?
– Street.
– You just got here!
– Eh.
The pallor of the first light of dawn filtered, in polka dots, from the holes of the lowered shutter decorating the crumpled and piled up white cotton sheets
go on here

The second story is signed by Alessandro Gianesini entitled Christmas celebration:

It was already dark for a while, but organ sound came from the small church on the street corner, along with the voices of the choir, which was rehearsing Christmas songs.
Maurizio had finally decided his present for Rita: he eliminated almost all of the options, because none seemed to be the right one to impress her. The following day, after the celebration, he could find the perfect moment for his declaration… and he surely had no intention of showing up empty-handed…
go on here

While reading I found myself back in time thinking of when we could not wait to exchange greetings after the Christmas celebration, and of how this exchange lasted a long time since the group of friends was large and huge. Good times!

Also for the third surprise I have a warning, but this time serious: listen with headphones!

That’s right: after drawings, poems and stories, today we have a song!

Sabine’s voice is so beautiful that it creates a suggestive atmosphere. I would have closed my eyes when the emotions came as light and magical as snowflakes, but I didn’t want to miss the images. Beautiful video.

Silentàrt: click here.

SUSPENDED PANETTONE

SUSPENDED PANETTONE

Suspended Panettone is a Milanese initiative that takes its inspiration from the famous suspended coffee in Naples.

With Laura from At Amalia’s table we have already made a comparison between Naples and Milan to understand the most common habits and ways to drink coffee

And, as a curious coincidence, in recent days we found ourselves studying Christmas sweets starting from the tale of the legends about Panettone

I therefore find this new intersection between Naples and Milan even more beautiful because when it comes to generosity there is always something to learn.

Suspended panettone arises from the assumption that unfortunately many people find themselves facing conditions of extreme discomfort, with the aggravating consideration that the situation is constantly and constantly worsening.

Of course, Panettone cannot make any difference, but it can represent a very small gesture, an outstretched hand, a breath of warmth on a day that should be peaceful for EVERYONE.

Therefore, using the Naples system, according to which it is possible to pay for a coffee at the bar leaving the manager the right to offer it to those who are unable to, even in Milan you can buy a Panettone that will remain waiting to be donated.

Furthermore, to each suspended Panettone, the pastry shop will add another in order to double the total number of panettone to give.

To orchestrate this initiative, an ETS was born: “Associazione Panettone Sopeso” which will deliver the panettone to two Milanese structures: the Enzo Jannacci reception home and the Custodi Sociali of the Municipality of Milan.

The patisseries giving this opportunity are recognizable through an exposed logo

and the list, complete with addresses and coordinates, is available on the website where it is also possible to donate online.

It is Christmas and on the Navigli, as in the center of Milan, it is no longer possible to enter the shops: the meager or the hefty salaries allow everyone an ungenerous crowd in search of a happiness that is not there, or that at least cannot be bought. This year I put out the candles: everyone invited me, but that night I won’t do anything different, nothing that I don’t always do, just like when I was a child; at the limit we changed rooms, we went from the room to the dining room to see if Jesus had arrived, and to eat the panettone, which was then called “el pan de Toni” …

Alda Merini, 21 December 2006 

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