The spirit of Christmas


Every now and then you come across someone in life who seems to be your soul’s twin. Someone who thinks like you do and sees things in life in the same way you do. It doesn’t have to be your husband or wife, it is not a romantic sort of friendship. It is more like an understanding of your inner being. I feel like this about my virtual soulmate, Paul Andruss. I have never met Paul but it seems that he and I see the world in the same way; a mosaic of rainbow reflected light on a white background. I love Paul’s writing which is so clever and informative and I really enjoyed his beautifully descriptive book, Thomas the Rhymer. His imagery about the living tapesty filled me with delight. You can read my review of Thomas the Rhymer here:

Paul recently wrote a most interesting post about the commercialism that is the modern Christmas. You can read his intriguing post here:

I felt compelled when I read Paul’s article to shed the other side of the Christmas story in song. The uplifting and compelling side, the caring and sharing side. To this end I am sharing two of my favourite songs about Christmas and its true meaning.

Now that I have done my Christmas Elf thing, spreading joy and happiness at Christmas time, I have a Christmas present for my UK friends. I have been discovering, to my enormous surprise I might add, that not many of the UK bloggers know about Flanders & Swann. They are so incredibly funny and my boys know a lot of their songs off by heart. Anyhow, I thought as my present to you I would share our favourite Flanders & Swann song which is all about … wait for it …. the English weather.


Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town

96 thoughts on “The spirit of Christmas

  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Robbie Cheadle with a lovely post about finding connections with people that bring an extra element to your life.. in this case Paul Andruss and his writing. Plus some festive music that Robbie feels reflects the true meaning of Christmas.. with a special song for those of us who live in the UK and Ireland.. the classic A Song of the Weather by Flanders and Swann.. staple listening in our youth. #recommended.

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  2. You need to be old like me (and Sally’s too young despite what she says) to know Flanders and Swan. Their TV shows were Christmas staples in our house. I wonder if youve found Joyce Grenfell in your black and white rummaging. Have a look at her school teacher sketches if you can find them. Very 1950s and 60s. Two others – both Americans – from then you might enjoy are Tom Lehrer and Bob Newhart. Though you may already like them! Lovely post

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      1. I must admit I Had never heard of Flanders and Swann9 even though I have been singing the Chorus from the Hippo song since being a kid. I am so grateful to Robbie for turning me on to them. they are comic genius!

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    1. thank you for those kind words Mary… and Yes I know Joyce Grenville and can recommend her too. Love her in the original St trinian films! These people were really the golden age of comedy!

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      1. Thank you Kin and I am especially indebted to Robbie for saying I have a big fan club… but I do think she is over-egging the puddin… and her a chef too!

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  3. Wonderful that you shared your soul twin with us Robbie and I may be showing my age now, but yes I do remember Flanders and Swann.. LOL.. and a great duo they were too 🙂 I remember my Dad found their humour very entertaining.
    Hope you had a lovely weekend Robbie.. xxx

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  4. Lovely Robbie and wow Thank you I am sincerely touched. I too feel we have a special connection. It would have been great to work together (I worked in Payroll and HR systems). I think we would have been great mates …. chattering about all sorts and putting the world to rights over lunch and work wise we probably think very similar- in terms of solutions not problems!

    I also feel our views and writings compliment each other. (Like you are the good Christmas elf with a heart full of the spirit of the season, and I’m the one who gets to put coal in the stockings of kids off the naughty list – My second Ideal job- my first is sniper!) See I am really Krampus… just pretending to be nice!!!!! Much love to you and your family.. Your friend Paul XX

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  5. My everyday adulting job is in retail so the commercialism of Christmas has been a very real concern of mine all the years that I’ve been at it. It’s very hard to get in the Christmas spirit when there are people angry with you on a daily basis because they act like if they don’t find the new ‘in thing’ their children will kill them or emancipate from them or something… It makes me so sad. I’ll have to read this article.

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  6. Robbie, first thank you for this gift – I’ve never heard of Flanders & Swann. They’re great and this had me chuckling! I love the two songs as well, they are very poignant – so much hope that we could help and make a difference. A thoughtful post and thank you for introducing Paul…I haven’t seen much of his blog so am popping over there.

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    1. Thank you Brigid for your kind words. I am actually a little embarassed by everyone’s kindness…. and positive I’m undeserving (and no I am not fishing for more compliments! PX

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  7. Lovely Robbie, thank you. Of COURSE I remember Flanders & Swann 🙂 – so funny always. Loved this one about the weather! How could the English not be familiar with their humour! I must check Paul Andruss out …

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  8. As Geoff said, you need to be of a certain age to know who Flanders and Swann are, Robbie. My Grandmother loved listening to them, as did my mum. The golden oldies are always the best. I wonder if they will be saying that about me in 100 years time? 🤔

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      1. What I meant to say was that you need to be a certain age to remember them, Robbie. I think that’s why many people in the UK may not have heard of them before. I still get shocked when people say to me that they have no idea what I’m talking about when I mention Sid James and Hattie Jacques from the Carry On films.
        Apologies for the confusion.

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  9. Love your thoughtful post – shame I could not click on the links! Flanders and Swann knew how to light up the world! Any chance of an Oscar Wilde cake from anyone? Let me know if you know anyone interested!

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