THE PARTIES NOW OVER BUT FEEL FREE TO STOP BY AND LEAVE YOUR LINKS, ETC, IN THE COMMENTS BELOW…….
Let’s have a big splash, a veritable Mad Hatters Xmas Party…. Invite masses of bloggers over to share cake, music, their links and stories. Wait a minute, it’s a bit cold for swimming… so let’s pop over to Winter Wonderland.
So first things first – provisions – I’m off to Cambridge market to get some nibbles…. I better wrap up warm, it looks cold out there. I’m just starting to recover from a bit of a nasty illness. No worry, I’m sure some hot jacket potatoes, olives, tasty bread, cheeses, fruit, and whatever else takes my fancy, will warm me up and make me feel much better. Don’t worry, I promise not to eat it all!
Now with that done, phew these bags are heavy. How are we going to get to Winter Wonderland? We could walk but that would be boring, and Kyrosmagica doesn’t do boring. So, let’s go ….
Via Rudolf’s magical golden sleigh of course. One sleigh?
No of course not… Rudolf has an army of reindeers and sleighs to take us there. This one is just a mini version stationed at the Grand Arcade in Cambridge. One twirl of my Kyrosmagica wand and we are all set. See those presents? There is one for each of you, just open and see what’s inside. Pop your present on your lap, and let’s hop aboard….
This is your Christmas Link Up Party, have fun, share links but please try to….
I haven’t been for ages…… Every Saturday I (teenage me!) used to go to Murrayfield Ice rink in Edinburgh. Grab your skates, no one will fall, I promise. In fact Kyrosmagica’s Wonderland skates are magical, so everyone, even me will be able to do all sorts of fancy footwork! Wherever you go you will leave a trail of magical golden ice in your wake. Isn’t that just so cool?
- Hugh @ Hugh’s Views and News is bringing some mince pies… There is mulled wine too, and party food a plenty, so tuck in, drink, and be merry!
- Leave at least one comment – what you say is entirely up to you – write a short poem, don a party hat, bring your crackers, tell your worst Christmas jokes, play your favourite Yuletide music, do whatever you fancy.
- Share your stories, or if Christmas isn’t your favourite time of year you have my permission to be a total humbug, ignore the other guests and fall asleep in a corner. Who is our resident Scrooge? Hey, confess!! But snoring isn’t compulsory. Keep the music and the snoring down, we don’t want to upset anybody!
- Let us know what Christmas books you are reading… I’m currently reading Mistletoe And Murder, A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery by Robin Stevens which is set in Cambridge.
Thereafter, I will be diving into Hugh’s Glimpses – his recently released short story collection.
More about that here: Kyrosmagica Awesome Author Interviews : Hugh. W. Roberts
- What else? Do encourage gate crashers, the hostess may be in and out so you can ask who you want. Bring your dog and cat, if you want, but please keep them off the ice. This is an open house. Yes, you heard right, you can leave your links too if you’d like to. Oh, before I go I better remember to share some posts to get the conversation going. Perhaps this one for future reference – Natalie @ There She Goes – Xmas Cake Recipe.
This is the mix…..
The cake…. as it came out the oven…
- Dress up in your finest, it’s nearly Christmas !! Or if you can’t manage that, show us your quirky Christmas jumpers, ties, or earrings. Tell us what unusual presents you’ve bought. This year I bought a lovely amber jewellery set from fellow blogger Irene Irene Design 2011 for my mum – (mum isn’t very internet savvy so I know I can put this up and not worry about her seeing it before Christmas!)
- Somebody better sing, definitely not me, it wouldn’t be recommended. Find someone willing, or suitably inebriated amongst the guests.
- Have fun – talk amongst yourselves, have a glass or two of bubbly, an obligatory piece of Christmas cake which I have lovingly prepared for you dusted with my special recipe of magical sugar dust and don’t forget to stand under the inspiration mistletoe. One kiss and all your stories, (for authors,) and dreams, (for normal folk,) LOL will come true…
Happy Christmas Wishes.
Bye for now,
Hi all! I’m always prompt…am I the first to arrive? Look, I brought Christmas pastry!
Anyway hope you’re all having a great run up to Christmas so far!!!
I’ll even treat you to some cookies… but you need to pop over to mine to get them! 😉
See you soon!
Oh I can feel the Christmas spirit already!!! 🎅
Yes I do believe you are Ritu. Welcome. Christmas pastry how scrumptious, and lovely of you. I shall pop over to yours for a hi too. And yes I definitely can feel the Xmas spirit too!
Munch, munch, best Christmas cookies ever!
Thanks for the treat, Sis! Just got back to the party and I am really hungry 😋
Eat away! I’ll. Make another!!!
Thank you Ritu, that’s so kind of you. 🙂
Yay, great! Because I did not have the time yet to make one myself 😁 Thank you!!!
Lol! Taking orders for chrismas!!!
You are the best, Sis 😊
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Another chrismas party to get us all in the mood! Pop over to Marje’s blog to sample all sorts of delights!!!!
Merry Christmas, Marje and wow, you’ve got quite a party going here. The food sounds delicious and I was going to bring some julglogg but see Hugh is sorting that! My mother, son and I are baking some traditional Pepparkakor (Swedish ginger biscuits) today so how about a box of those fresh from the oven. Oh the magic skating sounds perfect for me…my dream skating finally fulfilled and none of that painful falling over. If you want a beautiful Christmas song from Sweden to celebrate all to the lights of the year, guests please feel free to pop over to my post today https://annikaperry.com/2016/12/18/a-thousand-lights/. (Marje, thank you so much for your comment there…also snap! On the photo – I took that when we spent a mad Sunday family Christmas shopping!) Have a fun day with your party and warmest wishes for a magical Christmas. 🌲🌲
Merry Christmas to you too! Yes the party has begun, the food is yummy and thanks so much for playing your beautiful Christmas song from Sweden. That is making the party especially lovely. There is nothing like the sensation of whizzing round on magical ice! Warmest wishes for a truly magical Christmas Annika. 🙂
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Com everyone lets get over to wonderland at https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2016/12/18/kyrosmagica-xmas-ice-skating-party/ it’s party time!!
Thank you so much for the reblog. 🙂
Hi, Marje! I saw Ritu’s reblog and want to add a Christmas song. What about this one? Have fun 😄
Thank you Erika. Thanks for the song, nothing like music and comedy to get folk in the mood to party. 🙂
Yes, I thought exactly the same and this one definitely does the trick 😉Happy Party!!!
This one couldn’t be better Erika, thanks for the Christmas groove!
My absolute pleasure, Marje. I am happy I may be one of your guests 🎅😘
You are so welcome Erika, it’s lovely to welcome you to Iceskating wonderland. 🙂
Hey sis! Great song!!
Just the right one for a Christmas party, isn’t it? It cheers me up every time I watch the video or only listen to the song 😃
Oh yes indeed sis! X
Hi everyone I am not so punctual as Ritu and I do have my hand bust today but I am going to do my best to pop in and out if I can!!
Sorry to hear about your hand. Thanks for the wonderful Christmas music, what a festive line up of songs. Glad you’re popping by.
Sorry I am in a fog today I do not know what I meant … touch wood my hand is not bust!! I meant to say I am very busy today…. the elves are playing around with my head or hands already!! xxxxx
Ohhh so glad to hear it. Lol! That’s the first inadvertent joke of the party!!!xxx
Typical of me such a klutse !
Lol Willow… typo bloopers… the best!!! 😂
I don’t know if I am coming going xxx
Me too! Only one more week to go until Christmas.. Xx
Reblogged this on Hugh's Views & News and commented:
Get yourselves over to Marje’s blog today, where she’s holding a Christmas Ice Skating Blog Party. Guests are already arriving and I’ve been brave enough to bake some mince pies. Thank goodness they’re virtual ones.
Everyone is welcome, so come on over and join the festivities.
I’ve closed comments off here so you can leave your links on Marje’s post. Let the party begin.
Thanks for the reblog, Hugh. 🙂
Most welcome, Marje. Have a great party. I’ll be popping in and out during the day. 🎅
Thanks Hugh. Great to see you at the party… ❄ 🌟 🔔 ⛸
I wouldn’t have missed it for the world, Marje. 🎅
Thanks Hugh. That means the world to me! 🙂
Hi Marje, First of all, thank you so much for the mention of Glimpses. I hope it doesn’t give you too many nightmares over Christmas. I think the other book looks far more of a traditional Christmas read, so I’d play safe and read that one 😁
Here’s a song I’d like to play. Ladies & Gentlemen, please welcome Ms Shirley Bassey.
OK, it’s not a Christmas song, but I think it’s very apt for getting your party started, Marje? 😁
I hope you don’t mind, but I thought I’d leave details about my Glimpses competition where there’s a £100 Amazon gift card up for grabs. Plus, 5 runners-up will each get a £20 Amazon gift card each.
You’ve got until 28th February 2017 to enter the competition, so let’s party first and then we can have a go at solving the riddle after the New Year.
Have fun everyone. And thanks for hosting today’s party, Marje.
Hugs from me.
So glad Shirley Bassey is singing for us, Hugh. Fantastic idea, she’s bound to get the party off to its very best. And no problem about the link Hugh, that’s what this party is all about, haring news and celebrating! And as for nightmares after reading Glimpses… I’ll know who to blame, Hugh!!!
Yes, blame that Harrods Christmas Teddy Bear, Marje. 😁 It was him…honestly.
Well hi Marje, I saw your party advertised at Hugh’s and thought I’d say hello.
Happy Christmas from Australia! Warm weather here, so not so much skating, but I’m getting ready to go on a big adventure, here: https://frankprem.wordpress.com/2016/12/18/necessary-preparations/
Hoo roo for now,
Hi Frank, nice to meet you. So glad you’ve come over from Hugh’s to join in the party. Shall pop over to say hi on your blog too!
Great to see you here, Frank. Thanks for coming over.
Hi, All. what a great party
There was a young lady named Marje
Whose party I wanted to barge
I ate all the food
Which tasted so good
But now I am feeling quite large!
Here is a bit of Boney M for you all to enjoy!
Judy!!!! You rascal you, how could you have eaten it all!! Never mind, let’s off on the reindeer and get some more… 🙂
Hehe, great fun poem…one of my favourite Christmas songs and one to which I can’t help but bop around the room! 😀 Party in full flow…just hope I find some more food now!
Ha! Hopefully some of the others have brought some…sorry!!! 🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢
Great song choice, Judy. Don’t you just love a bit of Boney M? This is such a classic.
I always love a bit of Boney M Hugh 🙂
Me too, Boney M is fun. 🙂
So nice to arrive early at the party and find my friends Ritu and Annika already there! You guys know my blog already, but for newcomers I will add that I write about Greece (mostly) at Letters from Athens (https://athensletters.com). Go and browse if you want to see how we celebrate Christmas in Greece, and loads of other stuff. I wanted to include here a very festive drawing of poinsettias, but I failed dismally 😞 But if anyone wants to see my art, it’s posted on Instagram as well (@athensletters). By the way, I love Cambridge, so I really enjoyed the photos, Marje. Happy holidays,everyone!🎄🎄🎄🍾🍾🍾🎁🎁🎁
Hi, so nice of you to join in the party fun. Happy holidays to you too! Shall have a pop over to yours and see how you celebrate in Greece. ❄ 🌟 🔔 ⛸
Lovely to see you here at the party and I look forward to reading about Christms celebrations in Greece.😀😀. I have been there at Easter which is huge and celebrated by everyone, is Christmas the smaller of the two I wonder? Oh, Cambridge is wonderful – Marje between Cambridge and Edinburgh you have lived / are living in two of the best cities in the UK! 😀
Yes, love them both. I’m a lucky person to have lived in Edinburgh, and in Cambridge!
Thanks for hosting Marje! Danny at: https://dreambigdreamoften.co/2016/12/17/become-a-human-doing/. Happy Holidays to everyone!!
Welcome Danny. Thanks for popping over to the party. Happy holidays. 🙂
Thanks for the invite Marje… A Christmas Cracker joke.. What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? Frostbite! I would like to share the link to my round up if that is okay as there are about 20 authors and their books that would make wonderful gifts… I am sending over some mince pies hot from the oven… have fun and thanks for putting on the shindig.. will probably skip the skating.. thin ice. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/12/18/smorgasbord-weekly-round-up-great-books-music-and-food-for-christmas/
Great joke Sally, and thanks for the link, and the hot mince pies. Yum. 🙂
Have fun Marje.. ♥
Oh Marje, I love a party and a Christmas one even more! Thank you so much for having me, I’m so happy to be here. 🙂
I love Christmas, I have my whole life, to me it’s not about the gifts, or even the food (although I love that for sure), or decorations, etc., it’ about the people whether they celebrate or not.
Jokes, let’s see: What do you call an elf who sings? A wrapper!
What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic.
Here’s a link to my ongoing blog party – leave up to 12 links (they don’t need to be Christmas related), visit often – there’ no need to put a time limit on fun. https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/08/dear-santa-i-can-explain/
I can’t skate, but I’m sure enjoying the company and the treats!!! Thanks again, Marje. 🙂
Merry Christmas to all and to a wonder-filled 2017!
Oops, I included that picture link, sorry, you can take it out, Marje.
Merry Christmas Donna, and thanks for your lovely cheerful message, and the jokes too. Particularly enjoyed the Claustrophic gag!!! Everyone can skate at this party, Donna, it’s all magic… !!!
Happy Holidays everyone! I saw this reblog/party over at Ritu’s blog! I’m Lisa and my blog is Life of an El Paso Woman. http://www.lifeofanelpasowoman.com Over in my side of the world, Mexican food is big. Our family tradition involves making tamales every year. We made them yesterday. I’m currently working on a post with recipes. Thank you for hosting this awesome party! I look forward to checking out the other blogs here.
Hi Lisa, thanks for coming by. Tamales sound awesome. I absolutely love Mexican food. 🙂
Great, I’m glad to hear it Marje! Thank you for following my blog! I am following you right back! Have a great week ahead!
Oh and here’s a link to my birthday party/Christmas party full of links to indie authors/bloggers and more! 🙂 https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/15/the-cats-pajamas-birthday-party/
Hi Donna, thanks for joining in the party and for the great links. 🙂
Hi Marje. I came by to wish you a beautiful holiday season and share this Christmas video
https://youtu.be/y6NS77HLjEE What am I reading? Well, I’ve just finished Christoph Fischer’s – The Gamblers, currently reading Stevie Turner’s – No Sex Please, I’m Menopausal, and looking forward to reading Hugh’s – Glimpses. 🙂 <3 Enjoy!
Thank you Debby. Lovely to see you at the party, and great to hear your book choices. Plus thank you so much for sharing a Xmas video. 🙂
Pleasure to drop by Marje. 🙂
Happy holidays!! 🎄 🎅 ☃ ❄ 🌟 🔔 ⛸
Thanks Marje. Same to you. <3
Hi Everyone again, sorry I have not been able to spend much time with you all, but I am here with a story … lets all have a glass of wine while you look at it ! It is the story of the Christmas Cake.
Thanks for the story. Shall pop over and take a look… 🙂
It is just our christmas cake made by the hubby this year!!
It is just about the cake my husband made!!
Hi Marje I saw this party on Hugh’s views and news and thought I would drop in for a visit.
I have brought a white and dark chocolate Christmas truffle cake for everyone to taste https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2016/12/18/white-and-dark-chocolate-christmas-truffle-cake/. Enjoy the skating!
Thank you.. that truffle cake looks delicious, how kind of you to bring it!
Reblogged this on IreneDesign2011 and commented:
Marje from Kyrosmagaica is keeping a great Christmas Party,
please visit and you are welcome to join too 😀
Great start at your party Marje and a lot of good music too 🙂
Thank you for showing the jewelry for your mother, much appreciated.
I reblogged in hope of more visitors here. Ice skating was also something I did as a teenager and I will join you virtually today, I don’t think it would be so easy in other ways.
Thanks Irene, appreciate the reblog. Great to see you at the party Irene, thanks so much for joining in. 🙂
Oh so many friends already here!!!
Found another lil chrismassy post for you! About Sonu Singh, my furbaby, and his first ever Christmas!
Thank you Ritu, keep all the links coming everyone, let’s share in the Xmas fun!
And a song!
Thank you so much Ritu. 🎄 🎅 ☃ ❄ 🌟 🔔 ⛸
Christmas pooper song … it is actually my favourite Christmas song as we have all had horrendous Christmas experiences if we are honest!
Thank you Soveig. 🙂
I think I may be late to the party. Hope everyone had fun. Looks like you did. And Ritu that Christmas tree pastry looks delicious. Sorry to have missed it 😉
I’ll add my holiday-ish short story that I wrote for Solveig Warner’s advent calendar: https://solveigwerner.com/2016/12/14/gift-of-the-magi-by-urszula-humienik-day-14-advent-calendar-2016/ The whole calendar is worth checking out.
Happy holidays Ula,so glad that you could come. I shall pop over to Solveig.’s to read your short story. Shame you missed the Xmas tree pastry – that went down fast. Merry Christmas.. 🙂
argh I never made it; it looks like you had a marvellous time and are probably sleeping it off; merry crimbo Marje
Shame…… We missed you. Merry Crimbo to you too Geoff. 🙂
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Hi Janice, thanks for popping by and leaving a link, shall take a look later. 🙂
What a great party I’ve found here… thanks for hosting marje… Will be good to be friends herein WordPress. Love at Christmas Time x barbara http://memymagnificentself.com/2016/12/17/sending-love-peace-joy-for-you-to-experience-this-christmas-time/
Hi Barbara, thanks for popping by. Lovely to hear from you will pop over to your blog to say hi. 🙂