Merry Christmas!

Here are some photos of the Christmas lights in London to cheer you up and wish a Merry Christmas to you all. I know it will be a strange Christmas for many of us this year, and a lonely one for some, who have been unable to join their families due to travel restrictions or self isolation. I hope that wherever you are, and whoever you’re with, you stay safe, warm and well, and I especially send my love to all of you who are on your own (without wishing to be!). I recommend treating yourself with lots of Golden Age Detective novels, terrible made-for-Netflix Christmas movies, wine, crisps and chocolate, which is how I have been celebrating the season alone at home – I’m sure I’ll regret it in the New Year when I can’t do my trousers up, but right now, I couldn’t care less!

Thank you all for reading and keeping me company during 2020. Here’s hoping 2021 will see a return to normality, and see us all able to enjoy our lives as we wish to do so before long.


  1. Merry Christmas to you, too, Rachel, and thank you to you and Simon for all the great Tea or Books episodes throughout the year!

  2. Merry Christmas Rachel. Thank you so much for all your posts and photographs this past year. Look forward to reading you again in the New Year. Keep safe!

  3. I never comment, but I’ve been following you for a while. I always enjoy your photos so much, as well as your book chat. I hope you have a lovely holiday with all your treats. Best wishes for a very different and improved 2021!

  4. Thank you. Have a good, comfortable Christmas, and may the New Year bring you all you wish and need.

  5. Thank you for sharing. We don’t have many lights here in Tassie as it doesn’t get dark until around 10 pm. Have a good Christmas and your advice to watch bad Christmas films is a fun one. All the best for the new year and I look forward to your new posts too. Keep writing. 🐧🎄🎁🌷

  6. Have a Merry Christmas, too!

    I live in Minneapolis, MN and I have read and enjoyed your blog for years!

    Beth Florey

  7. A very Merry Christmas to you and all
    and Happy 2021.
    With many thanks for your very informative and interesting comments and recommendations on books.
    With best Regards
    L A Boost

  8. A very merry Christmas and above all a “normal “New Year ! With kind regards from Paula in Amsterdam

  9. Thank you for the photos, Rachel. I really miss visiting Central London. Your monthly posts and Tea or Books podcasts have been very comforting in 2020. I wish you a happy and healthy New Year.

  10. Merry Christmas, Rachel!
    Your photos of London have whipped me back to my last trip, but how strange to see the streets so quiet. Christmas is a time for feasting so I join you in every indulgence of chocolate, mince pies and just about anything with a wrapper!
    I see Square Haunting on your sidebar….hope you’re finding it as interesting and fun to read as I did. Dx

  11. I have not been on here for quite some time. I have missed it. I hope your holidays were cozy and wonderful. I am wishing you a healthy and happy 2021.

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