10 alternative films for the holidays

10 alternative films for the holidays

Like many people, I love movies. One of my favourite ways to treat myself is to indulge in an evening watching a favourite piece of cinema. It’s like visiting an old, trusted, happy friend. And, who doesn’t like doing that during the holidays? For many people, there are certain Christmas films that are almost ritualistically […]

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Notes from the Auvergne: Christmas in France

Notes from the Auvergne: Christmas in France

Christmas in France, like any country, is (excuse the pun) wrapped up in traditions. Some French people, especially in the east and northern parts of the country, celebrate St Nicolas on 6 December (like Holland and Nordic countries). In Alsace children put boots out overnight to find them filled the next morning with fresh clementines, […]

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Christmas: A time to help those in need?

Christmas: A time to help those in need?

Christmas isn’t always straightforward… I may hide away from Christmas AGAIN this year. Christmas can highlight the good as well as the horrible times, feelings of being alone, enhanced by being with couples enjoying themselves and being on one’s own, in a group, can make one feel really lonely at this particular time of the […]

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