Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
You may like to know that all of Maxwell Grantly’s stories can now be found at the site called Smashwords, totally free of charge. Here you can access his stories in epub, Kindle, PDF, Sony Reader, Palm Doc, Plain Text and Online Reader formats. There is bound to be a format at Smashwords that suits your own personal reading preference!
If you enjoy reading these stories then Maxwell is pleased that you were able to briefly enter his fantasy world too, if only for a brief ten or fifteen minutes of your busy life.
In the past, chimney sweeps used to wander from house to house on the first day of the new year, to wish people good luck, in their role as the ultimate bringer of good luck.
A chimney sweep is a sign of good luck, wealth and happiness. There are many legends why a chimney sweep is said to be the harbinger of good luck. One version has its origins in the UK, where King George III was riding horseback in a royal procession. A dog ran from the crowd, barking and nipping at the King’s horse. The horse reared and almost threw the King. A lone figure, shabbily dressed and filthy, stepped into the road. He caught the horse’s halter and quickly calmed the animal.
As soon as he appeared, the man faded back into crowd. The King, wanting to reward the man, asked for his name. No one knew the man’s name, but many told the King that he is was a chimney sweep. The King declared that from that day that all chimney sweeps should be regarded as lucky and treated with respect.
Here’s wishing you and your family all the very best luck and happiness for 2016 and beyond. Happy New Year.
Have you seen the new Sainsbury’s Christmas Advert this year? Mog sets off a chain of unfortunate events that almost ruin Christmas for the Thomas family. Can she pull it all back to save the day?
This year, Sainsbury’s are working in partnership with HarperCollins Children’s Books and world renowned author/illustrator Judith Kerr to create a Christmas story based on her much loved character Mog.
If you enjoyed the video clip, you can buy the beautifully illustrated book from Sainsbury’s. Every penny of the profit from sales of the book will be donated to Save the Children, improving child literacy in the UK.
If you would like further inspiration for teaching children to read, you may also like to know that every story by Maxwell Grantly can be downloaded (completely free of charge) from both iBooks and Kobo. There is even a free special Christmas eBook planned for released in December – more news about that later this month.
A Merry Christmas to you all.