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Season’s Greetings to all my followers

On this Christmas Eve, I want to wish all my followers a

Merry Christmas, Frohe Weihnachten, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, Glædelig Jul, Hyvää Joulua, Καλά Χριστούγεννα, Vrolijk Kerstfeest, Buon Natale, Meri Kirihimete, Счастливого рождества!, God Jul, Krismasi Njema and Nadolig Llawen.

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful Hanukkah, Litha and Yule these past few days.

But even if you don’t celebrate those either, I do hope you have a relaxing few days to spend with your loved ones!

Thank you for all your support.

All the best from

Conny at Study. Read. Write.

Christmas tree

P.S.: In case you’re wondering, the languages above are English, German, French, Spanish, Danish/Norwegian, Finnish, Greek, Dutch, Italian, Maori, Russian, Swedish/Norwegian, Swahili and Welsh.

Stocking Fillers for Students, Readers and Writers

Christmas is fast approaching! And like every year, the mad-dash for presents and stocking fillers starts afresh. Some of the trickiest people to shop for are creative types like Writers, quiet appreciators like Readers and hard-working College / Grad School Students.

The main presents should not really be a problem. But if you’re still stuck, check out my lists of 10 Gift Ideas for Writers, Book-Lovers and Students.

But what about stocking fillers or boot fillers (in case you celebrate St. Nikolaus on December 6, like we do in Germany)? Here is a list of 10 ideas Santa Claus (or Father Christmas, the Christkind or St. Nicholas) can use to stuff those Christmas stockings with, other than tangerines and walnuts.

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10 Christmas gift ideas for Readers

Finding a suitable Christmas present for a book-lover can be tricky. Have they read that book? Would they like it? Unless they ask for specific books, a bookstore voucher is usually the easiest gift.

And while most bibliophiles love a good bookstore voucher, here are 10 more things you might consider giving a Reader this Christmas!

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Yes, they DO know it’s Christmas-time!

It’s been 30 years since Band Aid recorded the original “Do they know it’s Christmas.

Yes, I know the song is catchy and the proceeds are meant to help in Africa (with a new focus on the fight against Ebola this year, as compared to the Ethiopian famine of 1984). The song and all its incarnations as well as the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts raised millions for good causes in Africa and made the world aware of the problems that continent faces. But I still think that the song’s lyrics are simply ignorant and condescending.

I also can’t help but notice that Bob Geldof continues to sit on his millions and donates his “time” on a weekend to re-record a song, while the public is meant to dig deep and part with actual money. He recently publicly blamed singer Adele for not getting involved in Band Aid 30, criticising her for raising a family instead of writing or recording songs. She chose to get involved privately – with a direct donation.

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