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24th December, Nativity

December 24, 2011
by Paul Bommer

We all know this story, pretty much. Advent calendars end on Christmas Eve with the Nativity. A family scene, a sense of peace and calm, and mystery and magic – something we can all relate to, whether or not we are Christians. So that is it, for now. I hope you have enjoyed my Advent Calendar – I certainly enjoyed creating it. A big thank you to those who offered support, words of encouragement, suggestions and praise – I have really appreciated all the feedback. I am off for a glass or two of something sparkling and a lie-down. Advent itself ends as the magic takes place tonight.

Merry Christmas, one and all, from Paul Bommer & The Gentle Author!

Illustration copyright © Paul Bommer

11 Responses leave one →
  1. December 24, 2011

    Merry Christmas gentle author

  2. Annie permalink
    December 24, 2011

    Many thanks for your beautiful advent calendar. I have read and enjoyed it every day, looking forward to the next instalment with anticipation. I have even used it to inspire a classful of 10 year old boys in my lessons – we are all now experts on Father Christmas. Enjoy your break and I sincerely hope a steaming bowl of Bishop or Wassail comes your way.
    Merry Christmas, Mister Bommer.

  3. joan permalink
    December 24, 2011

    This has been a lovely series. Thank you so much for it. Much less calorific than my children’s equivalent (an old plastic box designed to contain nails but, for the last ten years or so, each individual drawer has been numbered and filled with a selection of Cadbury finest for Advent).

    My partner and I impose a limit of spending a maximum of £20 each for Christmas (we don’t do the same for the children!) I was quick enough off the mark to ensure that Random Spectacular was purchased as my gift and I am looking forward to opening it tomorrow morning and having a hard copy of work by both the Gentle Author and Paul Bommer.

    Best wishes,


  4. Rhianwen Guthrie permalink
    December 24, 2011

    Thanks to you both – I love an advent calendar (have always thought that Spitalfields Life was like an all-year-round advent calendar anyway), and Paul Bommer’s has been delightful in the run-up to Christmas.

    Best festive greetings and new year wishes to you both, G.A and P.B…


  5. December 24, 2011

    Thank you so much for your delightful work, a joy to start the day with every day! Wonderful to read about all those Christmas traditions, especially the ones I hadn’t heard of before. Wassail! A very merry Christmas to you and the Gentle Author.

  6. December 24, 2011

    the advent calendar has come to an end
    but spitalfieldslife continues
    wishing for a peaceful restful christmas to both of you

  7. December 24, 2011

    Merry Christmas, Gentle Author and Paul Bommer. Thanks to you both. I really enjoyed the advent calender. It reminded me of childhood when we were alowed to open a little door in the advent calendar on the wall every day. I admire the style of the drawings. As a child I looked out every morning for the surprise in the mailbox. I especially loved the story about the little wren.

  8. CornishCockney permalink
    December 24, 2011

    I love Advent calendars, and this has been one of the best.
    Like a poster above said Spitalfields Life is a bit like a year-round advent calendar, with a new treasure to be revealed each day. Thank you for your time and dedication.
    Merry Christmas to you both.

  9. Donald permalink
    December 28, 2011

    I don’t recall how I came on this site but I love it. The advent calender was awesome. It makes me wish Advent was starting all over again and looking forward to next year. The illustrations are perfect.

    Each one of your entries is like a little jewel everday and I look forward to it.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012!!!

  10. December 28, 2011

    Thank you all so much for your wonderful and warm-hearted remarks. I am so delighted that the Calendar has delighted so many.
    Fear not! The bare-bones of an Advent Calendar for next year have already been laid out in my mind and in my sketch-book.
    I hope you all had the Merriest of Christmases and here’s to a wonderful New Year ahead. Paul B

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