Have you heard the news!

The word is (and I don’t know how it got around as Leicester is still effectively in Lockdown), that – Santa Claus is coming to town!!

so gather round!

The small print bit

As a lawyer I should point out that ‘He’s making a list

And checking it twice – Apparently he’s Gonna find out Who’s naughty and nice.

Now Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Michael Bublé, and by the time I have finished wrapping up presents today I think I will have earned the right to become a Canadian.

Wrapping Present I – To boldly go where Christmas wrappers have gone before

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Michael Bublé ‘Christmas’ CD Track 1 – ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’….

Well it is. Even my office yucca plant has an illuminated star this year.
That’s because everyone at 1 Essex Court is a star!

Wrapping paper is all around, and all I want for Christmas is someone who can find where the scotch tape starts.

How do they do cope up at the North Pole?

Do Santa’s helpers receive counselling from a psychotherapeutically trained elf after wrapping the third present?

Is ‘dreaming of a white Christmas’ a state of mind induced by hypnosis?

When I next watch ‘Santa Clause the Movie’ (starring the late and great Dudley Moore) I will sit on the edge of my seat, pen and paper in hand, and jot down the name of the first elf who so much as gets out a pocket watch dangling from a chain, and starts to sway it from side to side.

Time to confront my fears and wrap – and at this point Bublé is absolutely on the money –‘I don’t care about those presents underneath the Christmas Tree’. Well not all of them of course! [we are now on Track 5 – ‘All I want for Christmas’], and I beg to differ Michael when you sing ‘I don’t want a lot for Christmas’ – get real.

As I lovingly wrap my first Christmas gift – a signed copy of the first edition of the ‘Contentious Trusts Handbook’ (which is very reasonably priced at £100.00), forcing back a tear as I imagine the joy when the present is unwrapped on Christmas day, I have a ‘jingle bells’ moment.

What if my readers could go,

Dashing through the snow

In a one-horse open sleigh

O’er the fields,

reading about trust litigation‘all the way’?

See: Recent-Acquisitions-December-2020.pdf (lincolnsinn.org.uk)

Wrapping Present II – The search for the scotch…

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Michael Bublé ‘Christmas’ CD Track 8 – ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas’….

I’ve lost the scotch tape! – not kidding.

5 minutes later…how do I get this ‘20% off’ sticker off the gift box without leaving the slightest trace of a mark?

If I see any more wrapping paper I really am going to believe that reindeer know how to fly. And what do you do with the left-over wrapping strips? The bin (for collecting paper to be re-cycled) is starting to glitter… At this rate I’ll be able to see it in the dark.

According to MB – ‘all is calm and all is bright’.

Wrapping Present III – The final frontier:  ‘WARP PHASERS fire everything we’ve got!’ – sorry just had a Star Trek moment

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Michael Bublé ‘Christmas’ CD Track 15 – ‘Feliz Navidad Prospero Ano y Felicidad’  …

All done for another year,

… and my gift to you this Christmas?

This post, which really was written whilst wrapping up Christmas presents. Now that’s what I call writing. If only the public knew how we authors have to suffer for our art.

For editorial reasons only 3 presents of varying shapes and sizes are referred to in this blog, and please note that for ‘elf’ and safety reasons, no elves were harmed during the wrapping of these presents. Although I’m not sure if I’ll ever play the violin again. Still its Christmas, so remember to…

‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Let your heart be light

From now on

our troubles will be out of sight ’

‘Here were are as in olden days

happy golden days of yore

Faithful friends who are dear to us

gather near to us once more

Through the years we all will be together

If the Fates allow

Hang a shining star upon the highest bough

And have yourself a merry little Christmas now.’

Wishing all readers of my posts this year a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year,

Joyeux Noël et bonne année,

Frohe Weihnachten und glückliches neues Jahr,

Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo,

Feliz Navidad, próspero año y Felicidad.


Legal disclaimer

Whilst the author of this blog does believe in Santa Clause he entirely reserves the right to put any presents on e-bay, and please do not send him any more mince pies!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas one and all wherever you are.