Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days
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Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson — gloom and glee for the Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson — gloom and glee for the
More ghosts, this time in a ski resort, with thoughts of empire and how the British made downhill skiing a competitive sport, “ rather than just the fastest way to get to the bottom of the hill”. Jordan, Justine (24 July 2019). "The Booker prize 2019 longlist's biggest surprise? There aren't many". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Archived from the original on 4 September 2019 . Retrieved 4 September 2019– via www.theguardian.com.
Time past and future roaring around us like a wind, and eternity about us, like angels, like a star.” To counteract this tendency, each story is followed by a recipe embedded in a down-to-earth and often funny memoiristic piece. Some of these are sadder than others, but generally they were a relief after the intense emotionality of the 'fiction' stories. Today’s story revolves around the trope of the Christmas wish, and centers the story with Irish culture where faeries are a big part of cultural lore. It’s a bit light but cute, with O’Brien finding much of life too exhausting and spending a lot of time resenting the commercialization of Christmas which is a common theme in this collection. A chance wish from a fairy, a cool lesbian fairy at that, seems wasted on something actually surface related like the commercialization she dislikes but ends up being a confidence boost she needs. Another Christmas romance in the books.
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Spooky, inventive, funny, maybe a tad didactic or cloying here and there, Winterson’s mixed bag of fictional treats has a 19th-century charm much needed in the grim 21st. Marty and recently deceased David, oh gosh, what a sweet story we are offered of carrying loss with you. Why do we fall in love with someone because the glory that they are, and immediately try to change them? and Only the impossible is worth the effort. were quotes that I really found touching. Ritual is a way of altering time, by which I mean a way of pausing the endless intrusion of busy life…The reason I suggest making some of this small meal yourself is because ritual has an anticipatory relevance – we prepare for it, practically and psychologically; that’s part of its benefit.’
I have learned, painfully, over the years that the things I regret in my life are not errors of judgement but failures of feeling.” Set long ago, in an unknown place, a young girl travels to marry an older man she barely knows on Christmas Eve, as is the tradition in those parts. Others are darker. Hide and seek can have unexpected consequences. I am a bit of a misery when it comes to Christmas and find myself getting fed up and rather resentful of all the fuss but reading this today has made me feel, yes, happy.