I love Christmas. It’s a time for family, friends, coming together, helping each other, love and forgiveness and celebrating the joy of living. And for me, carols and Christmas songs are a big part of this. There are so many wonderful carols; ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’, I love them all but if pushed for a favourite I’d have to go for ‘Good King Wenceslas’ because it holds such nostalgia for me. Childhood memories of sitting around the coal fire with my family at Christmas time, my older brother, Gary, and I singing ‘Good King Wenceslas’ with Gary singing the King’s words and me the Page’s. I use the term ‘singing’ loosely as while Gary has a good singing voice I am always hopelessly out of tune. It never bothered me then, and doesn’t now, when I hear carols being sung I have to join in. Half of the joy is joining in.
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Single all the Way…
Single All The Way...
Snow is falling, bells are ringing… and my heart is broken. I pick up the phone to tell my mother about Oliver and me. Then right after I explain, she says, ‘I don’t exactly know how to tell you this, but you're not the only one who is single again.’
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Currently published by Bookouture, Karen's latest title, Single All The Way, is out now.