Lamenting the loss of even the less-than-shiny aspects of a family Christmas, and yearning for time with loved ones - even if it does mean arguments, discomfort and awkward moments.
Well shiver me timbers and sprinkle me with fairy dust – panto season has well and truly started, and Mayflower Theatre has pulled out all the stops to bring JM Barrie's family-favourite tale of Peter Pan to Southampton.
Thanks to this seasonal spectacular, Winchester's streets are most certainly paved with gold.
Hello all. Yes, that's right, another theatre review, and this time it's a festive one; and there's a bit of a twist!
Most of us all know the story of the Nativity; for many, it's a staple of Christmastime in Britain, along with mince pies, selection boxes, Wizzard and tinsel. We've all known the thrill of being picked to play Mary or Joseph, and the crushing disappointment – or relief! – of being the tree, or one of a whole flock of sheep.
This year's Mayflower pantomime is even better than the last and is definitely one of the best I've had the pleasure of seeing. It is a truly classic production.
At the weekend, I attended a Christmas poetry workshop run by the brilliant Artfulscribe in Southampton. We were asked to create a piece reflecting on a childhood Christmas memory; this is what I came up with.
When it seems like everyone under the sun turns into the Lord or Lady of Christmas Cheer at this time of year – when all you see are adverts full of excess and happiness and excitement and magic – it's so hard to accept that you're not quite feeling it this time around.
It's pantomime season! On no it isn't...oh yes it is! I got into the festive spirit at the Mayflower Theatre for this year's panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Was it a fairy tale, or did it fall...short?
It's the most wonderful time of the year; but what is magical for some, can be unbearably difficult for others. Here are some of my favourite, easy ways to give generously this Christmas, and make a difference.