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‘Twas the night before the night before Christmas



Tis the Month Before Christmas

Tis the month before Christmas, we’re all going nuts;
With so much to do, there’s no ifs, ands or buts.
Buy presents, hang tree lights, pop cards in the mail,
Send gift packs, thread popcorn, find turkeys on sale.

Decorations need stringing up all through the house.
And you haven’t a clue what to buy for your spouse.
School concerts, receptions, open houses with friends,
Long lineups, short tempers, tying up the loose ends.

With all our mad dashing, we’re reeling from shock;
Let’s stop for a minute and really take stock.
It’s crassly commercial, the cynical say;
If that’s true, that our fault-it’s us and not they.

Take time for yourself-though hard as that seems—
Enjoy your kids’ laughter, excitement and dreams.
Take a moment out now, don’t get overly riled,
Instead make an angel in snow with your child.

The shortbread can wait, and so can the tree;
What’s important to feel is a child’s sense of glee.
The holidays aren’t about push, rush and shove;
They’re for friendship and sharing and family love.

Hear the bells, feel the warmth, light up with the glow
Of a message first sent to us so long ago:
Peace, love and goodwill, and hope burning bright.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Winning Christmas Card Design

Local brownie Wins Region Christmas card competition

Congratulations to Charlotte Oram, aged 9, from 5th Heswall Brownies who won the Girlguiding North West England Region Christmas card competition. Her design to bring Santa’s sleigh in to the 21st century was chosen from hundreds of entries. The judges commended Charlotte’s use of different technologies to help a modern day Santa deliver his presents and really liked her use of festive colour. The competition was part of the Region’s Inventor Challenge for all guides and brownies, in conjunction with Spaceport. Girls and leaders are being encouraged to participate in lots of different kinds of scientific activities with a little inspiration from Wallace and Gromit. ‘All the Brownies had a go at designing a modern sleigh for Santa and we were thrilled when Charlotte won’ said Melinda, her Assistant Brownie Leader.


Women who Change the World

There are women who make things better…. Simply by showing up.
There are women who make things happen.
There are women who make their way.
There are women who make a difference and make us smile.
There are women of wit and wisdom who-through strength and courage-make it through.
There are women who change the world every day…