Not a protagonist was stirring, not even an anthropomorphic mouse … Merry Christmas to all and to all a good pop culture night!

It’s been a crazy, busy, pandemic-y year once again but even amongst all the stress and strain and plague, my hope, as it is every year, is that this Christmas … You will not find snowy monsters with big teeth pursuing you … but if you do, you’ll have good Continue Reading

Book review: Christmas Island (A Very Hygge Holiday, Book 2) by Natalia Normann

If you’ve ever taken an extended overseas holiday, chances are you’ve experienced the interesting existential remove that happens when you are plucked from your everyday life and find yourself looking back at your life and into your soul in ways you simply don’t do when the priorities of the day Continue Reading

Kids’ festive book review: Jim’s Spectacular Christmas by Emma Thompson & Axel Scheffler + Marvin and Marigold: A Christmas Surprise by Mark Carthew & Simon Prescott and Christmas Lights by Ruth Symons & Carolina Rabei

While I am huge fan of novels aimed at adult Christmas tragics such as yours truly, there’s something innately pure and escapist about losing yourself in books aimed at children. They draw me back to a simpler time when Christmas meant, quite apart from freedom from school bullies, the chance Continue Reading

Find your 30-ton piece of granite! Santa is coming to a snowy landscape near you in Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special

The origins of Christmas, at least when it comes to the English versions of Santa and the reindeers and such – to be fair, the Bible has a pretty good lock on the religious side of proceedings – are as many and varied as those who choose to tell the Continue Reading