|Stephens Church in the snow.|
Hello, my name is Karen - I am the Magpie from Mothball and the Magpie and I am thrilled to be doing my first ever guest blog spot for the lovely Kristen here at Whatever is Lovelier. I always look forward to sneaking a glimpse into her world through her blog and being inspired by her beautiful photographs. I hope you enjoy a little taste of what Christmas means in my small village and then please do pop over to my blog to compare it with the wonder of an Arizona Christmas courtesy of Kristen.
Clanfield is a small village in
It has a population of under a thousand and has a claim to fame of being
mentioned in the Domesday Book. I have lived here almost my entire life and have
family links going back several generations. Oxfordshire, England
Christmas is these days generally celebrated in small family gatherings but there are still one or two focal points where people come together. One of these is the church - still a really important part of village life. The Christmas Eve midnight mass draws a large crowd and is a major part of the festive season for many families.
|The Clanfield Tavern (the more affordable establishment)|
The other main focus is the village pub! We are lucky enough to boast two such establishments although one is considerably more 'exclusive' than the other. The pub provides a meeting place for locals and visitors alike and is also usually full on Christmas Eve as the church congregation warm up prior to the main event :)
Every year the church also holds a charity carol singing evening at the village hall. This has taken the place of the more traditional walk from house to house with lanterns and bobble hats and these days even boasts a brass band!
|One of the villagers always creates a Winter Wonderland in her garden.|
The Christmas tree in the grounds of the hall is the only public council provided decoration but many villagers put on their own displays for the benefit of the community. Some of these displays are more tasteful than others and some people do like to put them up nice and early.
Christmas in my village is about honouring values and spending time with loved ones. I guess in this respect it shares something with even the biggest town!
Here's wishing you and your loved ones a most merry Christmas and peaceful New Year.