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Reading journal: The Runaway Christmas Elf by Fiona Marsden

Genre: Romance Published: 2015 Date read: November 2018 Light, fluffy, not very believable premise but definitely a happy ending. Subtitled ‘A Jewellery Store Romance’, earrings come into it. Set in Brisbane, Australia, and explores, lightly, romance across religious boundaries. Nicely written.

Reading journal: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Genre: Fiction Published: 1843 Read: January 2018 I was watching a YouTube video demonstrating the use of Scrivener (a wonderful writing tool). The examples were from A Christmas Carol , and I realised that I had never read the book, in spite of seeing film and cartoon versions galore. Scrooge is a miserable, greedy, money-grubbing old man in Victorian times who hates Christmas. Over the course of one night a series of ghosts show him the error of his ways and the inevitable lonely outcome. Scrooge must choose between the pursuit of wealth, or the more moral path of generosity of spirit. I enjoyed the book. For something so old, the dialogue has a surprisingly modern feel, and Scrooge’s conversion to the good side is very convincing. The story is a quick read with a happy ending. Highly recommended.

Summer downunder in Australia

If you live in the northern hemisphere, Australia's seasons can be confusing. Here's what you need to know about summer. Summer is officially December 1 to February 28. DECEMBER December is the end of the school year and the university (college) year. Think end of year formals (dances) for high school kids. Think crazy pace of shopping for Christmas with all the kids underfoot. Think office Christmas parties and huge numbers of people off on holiday. Christmas Day on 25 December is a public holiday. For some it means church, for most it means family get-togethers and opening presents. Christmas is the main family event in Australia, and people travel long distances to be with family. Food is excessive. Some have traditional roast meat with pudding, others have barbecues, salads and seafood. Boxing Day 26 December is for retail frenzy, the after Christmas sales. I've never been to them. Also, the start of the Sydney-Hobart yacht race, which looks excel