Wondrous Words Wednesday - Ruddy

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

It's Wednesday and in exactly one month's time, this lovely old chap with the ruddy complexion, is coming to visit us all! 

Can you believe Christmas is just one month away? I thought I wasn't really going to get excited, but guess what? The tingles are starting with the jingles. For this week's Wondrous Words Wednesday, Mommy chose the word 'ruddy'. We've actually never seen that word before and that is the fun of this feature. This suppose-to-be weekly feature was started by Kathy @  Bermuda Onion Blog. But Kathy is taking a bit of a break and I do hope she doesn't mind that we still use her meme. 

According to the dictionary, 'ruddy' is an adjective to describe someone with a healthy red complexion. Informally, it can also be used as an euphemism for 'bloody'. Not the type you will get at a crime-scene, more like "that man was bloody rude". Therefore, we can use the following sentence today:

After this ruddy year, that ruddy old chap with with the ruddy complexion, better bring us some ruddy great presents.  

Does that work as well for you as it does for us? Let's look at a few books featuring the ruddy old chap. There are a gazillion books with Father Christmas or Santa Clause in the picture book sections and even in the early readers section. Mommy tried to find some books that has a bit more than 50 pages and what she would like to read as well. 

The Real Santa Claus by Marianna Meyer - Okay, this one is a picture book and only about 40 pages long. But one simply can't leave it out. - In this beautifully illustrated book, the author of The Twelve Apostles creates an inviting portrait of the real Saint Nicholas, who became legendary for his generosity and miraculous acts of kindness.

The Life and Adventures of Santa Clause by L. Frank Baum  - Every child knows about Santa Claus, the jolly man who brings gifts to all on Christmas. There are many stories that tell of his life, but the delightful version relayed in The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is by far the most charming and original of all. Only L. Frank Baum, the man who created the wonderful land of Oz, could have told Santa's tale in such rich and imaginative detail.

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien's children. Inside would be a letter in strange spidery handwriting and a beautiful colour drawing. They were from Father Christmas, telling wonderful tales of life at the North Pole. From the first note to Tolkien's eldest son in 1920 to the final poignant letter to his daughter in 1943, this book collects all the remarkable letters and pictures in one enchanting edition.

The boy who lived in Pudding Lane: Being a true account, if only you believe it, of the life and ways of Santa, Oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Claus by Sarah Addington - Good grief. Where was this book hiding when we had to choose books with extra long titles?! - The Boy Who Lived In Pudding Lane - -Being a true account, if only you believe it, of the life and ways of Santa, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Claus- first appeared in the American magazine, Ladies Home Journal, for Christmas in 1921 and was published as a hardcover the following year. Author Sarah Addington's charming story of the boyhood life of dear Santa Claus became an instant classic.

A Boy called Christmas by Matt Haig Eleven-year-old Nikolas—nicknamed “Christmas”—has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. But he’s happy with his turnip doll, because it came from his parents, who love him. Then one day his father goes missing, and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him.  Along the way, Nikolas befriends a surly reindeer, bests a troublesome troll, and discovers a hidden world of enchantment in the frozen village of Elfhelm. But the elves of Elfhelm have troubles of their own: Christmas spirit and goodwill are at an all-time low, and Nikolas may be the only person who can fix things—if only he can reach his father before it’s too late. . - I think this is the one my Mommy is going to try and find so we can read it this Christmas

The Night I met Father Christmas by Ben Miller Nine year old Jack had always wanted to meet Father Christmas. He knew all about the reindeer and the elves in the workshops, he knew where they lived and the magic that allowed him to deliver presents around the world in just one night, but there was one question he needed answered ...  how did Father Christmas become Father Christmas. One Christmas Eve, Jack’s wish comes true and not only does he get to meet Father Christmas but hear his incredible story... So begins, this enchanting, fairy-tale journey into the magical landscape of Torjus Christmas – a hard, cruel elf, abandoned at birth, who discovers the meaning of life and learn to love again. 


Have you read any of our choices? Did we miss any book that you would like to recommend? 

Hope you are all busy writing your letters to the ruddy old chap and if you don't ruddy well know what you want, how about just asking for more books? Or I can forward my list to you...  

Lots of Love, 

Elza 



8 comments

  1. Hi Mareli,

    Ruddy is a typically English word, so I know it quite well, although it isn't used quite so much these days (it has been superseded by some much more horrible words than 'bloody'!).

    We are going to have a very quiet Christmas this year, as although we are to be allowed to mix with other people in a strictly managed way, we have more or less decided not to take the risk, as the scientists have pretty much come out and said that the number of cases are going to rise very quickly if people do mix and there will be another month long lockdown in the New Year.

    Hubbie has an underlying health condition anyway and as we have stayed safe so far, it doesn't seem worth the risk now that a vaccine is so close!

    I love the way you ran that word into your Christmas themed book covers. I particularly like the first Marianna Mayer cover.

    I see that the L. Frank Baum book is being re-released this year as a paperback with this lovely cover ...

    https://www.fantasticfiction.com/b/l-frank-baum/santa-claus-stories.htm

    I have so many publisher Blog Tour / Reviews scheduled, that I haven’t had the chance to get together another WWW, but I have just checked my advance scheduled posts and see I have one ready to go in mid December, so I’ll see you there then!

    Take Care! :)

    Yvonne xx

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    1. Hi Yvonne! We are also planning a quiet Christmas in. We haven't been away for the past 3 years, as we stay in a coastal, holiday town - where better to be than right here at home! Luckily we love it.

      I haven't read any of the books I've showcased. But at least 3 of them did now land on my TBR list.

      Good luck with all the reviews coming up! Hope to catch you at another WWW soon! I'm not planning one for next week, but one on the 9th again.

      Lots of Love!

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  2. I've seen that word on paper a million times, but how is it pronounced? Like "rude-ee?" Or "rud-dee?" Not sure. I can't use it aloud unless I know how to say it!

    I'm looking forward to Christmas this year. Anyway!

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    1. Hi there Debs! I think you pronounce it as 'buddy'? Makes kind of sense? I'll have to find out for you!

      I am also looking forward to Christmas. Hope to put my tree up this weekend!

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  3. This is fun! And I didn't know that about our favorite fantasy scribe! Haha how cool!

    I'm all for the Christmas spirit!!!!!

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    1. Hi Greg! I think it's wonderful how all of us are lighting a candle for the Christmas season. I do hope it is across the globe and not only us book lovers. I do believe that book lovers have a stronger sense of hope and compassion. Words are the most marvelous things!

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  4. I'm not really a seasonal reader, but I'm interested by Tolkien and his letters. I once had an edition in hand, beautifully illustrated :)

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    1. Not a seasonal reader either, but I think I will do one or two seasonal reads this year! I have Elin Hilderbrand's Winter Series in mind. Will just need to see how many books I am behind on with my Alphabet Challenge...!

      Have a wonderful weekend.

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