The Christmas book for today is A Suffolk Christmas
It's been on my shelves for several years and I often spot it in Suffolk charity shops at Christmas time.
First published in 1991 it is made up of short pieces taken from The East Anglian Daily Times, The Eastern Daily Press and from the books of authors who lived in or wrote about Suffolk.
A short extract from the EADT explains how rarely we get a white Christmas and was published in 1962 - ironically the year before the longest and coldest winter for many years.
One bit was by an author of 4 crime novels that I'd read many many years ago.Sheila Radley wrote books set in Suffolk during the 1980s, with a detective called Inspector Quantrill and in the Suffolk Christmas book the introduction to one of her books "Talent for Destruction" describes the joy of snow to children in winters of the 1960's. I looked her up on Fantastic Fiction and found she'd written 9 books in the series and the library still have one that I've not read.
Not all the pieces are about cheerful happy Christmases. George Fulcher who lived in Sudbury in the first half of the the 1800's wrote about the injustice of the new Poor Laws which sent people to Workhouses and separated married couples and their children.
I've finally got round to doing a bit of Christmassy decoration - The Tree. I hauled it out from under the stairs, fitted all the branches onto the trunk
and untangled the lights. I'm not a minimalist when it comes to colour on the tree!
Thank you to the winners of the draw for the Christmas crime books for getting addresses to me quickly so I can get them in the post and away. Two books went to Devon, one to Yorkshire and one to Merseyside and I'm pleased to have 4 less to pack when I move!