Happy Christmas 2015

After so many dead robins appearing in my newsfeed, I thought I’d add a live one! My online Christmas card may be less effortful than last year – but here’s a few pics that I’ve enjoyed seeing appear in my newsfeed (with some random bits of news from me) to wish you a Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2016…


I’m not into Star Wars (I know, shock horror!), but the jokes still make sense – especially all the Yoda ones! Would you go carolling with Yoda?


Meantime, you may have noted the ‘slight’ Christian tone to some of my posts … (and if you’re still short on some presents – try Gadgets for God) – so this Keep Calm ‘version’ seemed appropriate (see this piece I wrote back in 2012) … and yes, I am slowly making my way from turning my PhD into a book – book proposal written, more research being done, first two chapters in progress…

If you want to see a South-Park type version of ‘the Christmas story’ check this out (ignore the theologically incorrect Kings who are 2 years early):

Or attend Christmas services live via Periscope:


So I have loved this picture going around and round my Facebook reminding us to de-commercialise Christmas (as I see photos of people queuing in the supermarkets!)


I have to say that what with being made redundant, moving cities to new job, teaching many new units, enjoying socialising in Manchester, buying a house (for 2016), still doing lots of press for Raising Children in a Digital Age,  I’ve not been inventive this Christmas, but have been inspired to contribute further to Trussell Trust, Tearfund, and other charities (not to puff off, but to get you to check them out)…

The main treat this Christmas:there-is-just-not-enough-time-in-the-day-for-all-the-naps-i-want-to-take-quote-1

And knowing that 2016, like the last few years, is not obsessed with ‘can’t have this, that and the other’ (wrote about this here)
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Happy Christmas e-Card

Hurrah, I thought I wasn’t even going to get around to my e-card this year (it’s been so hectic… and just think this time last year I’d been scuba diving in the Red Sea, and then climbing Mount Sinai to watch the sun rise on Christmas Day), but I’ve had a couple of inspirational images sent this morning (don’t you just love this one above), so I wanted to say HAPPY CHRISTMAS to everyone…

This year I’m looking forward to staying in Winchester (I’ve realised in the past 5 years this will be my 2nd in Winchester, others have been in Australia, Egypt and Switerzerland!) with the Hitchens.. will be fun! Heading over there before too long, and looking forward to Midnight Communion at CCW.

If you haven’t already joined it, there’s an online ‘crowd-sourced’ carol service run today – find out more about it here: … currently live at, but will remain online if you fancy joining later… just use hashtag #onlinecarols if you tweet about it.

There’s so much great stuff online this year – check out this post commissioned from Rev Joanne Cox on The Big Bible Project!

Now, of course I need to reference ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’, and thanks to @goannatree for alerting me to this one:

Now, 2011 has been a tough year, but lots of things to be thankful for also! This is the year that you need to encourage me to get my PhD published, and #keepbexrunning for The Great South Run (10 miles) in October…