πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | December 2020 Wrap-Up β„

(This beautiful snow flurry may only have lasted a day, but it made me incredibly happy 😍)

Hello everyone and a blessed 2nd Sunday of Christmas to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. This week saw the end of a difficult year, as well as the end of December! Now it is time to reflect on what we’ve been doing, reading and watching over the last month of 2020:

December saw England leave its second lockdown, only for my region to come out in the highest Tier 3 restrictions, however this did give me enough freedom to shop for presents in local, independent shops, which was really nice. Unfortunately for the rest of the month, I was either ill, tired or in quarantine, and now most of the nation find themselves in the new, stricter Tier 4 restrictions. Thank God for the blessing of the peaceful rest-bite of Christmas Day 🌟 and the promise of better things to come with the start of the new year. πŸ™ Oh and the snow! β˜ƒ


Now let’s get to the really good stuff: what I’ve been reading!Β  While my reading pace took a bit of a hit this past month, I have still managed to read three really good novels and some comforting sections of my Bible.

First, I slowly but surely read the Victorian classic, Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell, the harrowing tale of life in the industrious Northern city of Manchester, which was my result forΒ The Classics Club’s 25th Spin Event. Then, a little quicker, I made my way through the exotic historical-mystery,Β OΒ Jerusalem by Laurie R. King, the fifthΒ Mary Russell and Sherlock HolmesΒ mystery that had us adventuring through British-occupied Palestine.

Finally, I sped through the brilliantly moving historical-fiction, The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner, about a group of fictional fans trying to preserve her memory in the village of Chawton, Hampshire. As well as enjoying re-reading the Nativity story in the Gospels of Matthew and LukeΒ and the account of St Stephen’s ministry in theΒ Book of Acts, both in theΒ Holy Bible’s New Testament. While I enjoyed all of these, this time it was easy to decide on my pick of the month: The Jane Austen Society.


Another God sent escape has been television and, in fact, I watched so much this past month, I couldn’t possibly mention it all here. So instead here are just my highlights:

First, I found myself hooked on Fox’s new crime-drama, Prodigal Son (2020), with its murderous thrills and spills and the brilliant father/son duo of Michael Sheen and Tom Payne. Keeping with the crime theme, I also binge watched volume 1 and volume 2 of Netflix’s reboot of the mystery-documentary series, Unsolved Mysteries (2020), with its interesting mixture of cold cases and paranormal events.

Then, needing something comforting, I flew through season one and two of Netflix’s romantic drama, Virgin River (2019-2020), based on the popular novels by Robyn Carr. Next, I returned to my crime spree, with Netflix’s fascinating new crime-documentary, The Ripper (2020), about the long and botched search for β€˜The Yorkshire Ripper’. And finally, I watched the emotional fourth series of British comedy-drama, The Durrells (2016-2019), based on Gerald Durrell’s autobiographies, as the families happy existence on Corfu is threatened by war.

And of course December would not be complete without some festive films. The only new-to-me film I watched was the Netflix original, The Christmas Chronicles (2018), which was jolly good fun. Then I re-watched a whopping fourteen films/shows, that included Groundhog Day (1993); two of my favourite Austen adaptations; andΒ Harry Potter (1-5). Which, all in all, makes it hard to choose a pick of the month, but I think it will have to go to the utterly delightful The Durrells, which had me welling up at the end!


For now though, that’s all folks! I look forward to catching up with you all next Sunday for my regular weekly reflection, and in a month’s time to see how the first month of 2021 has treated us all. Where ever you are in the world, I hope you and your loved ones are well: staying healthy and happy. God bless and bye for now!πŸ‘‹πŸ™πŸ™‚

Now I’d love to hear from you: What did you read and watch in December? How are things where you live? Were you able to celebrate New Year’s Eve?


I have linked this post into the weekly meme,Β The Sunday PostΒ hosted byΒ Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.

26 thoughts on “πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | December 2020 Wrap-Up β„

  1. We didn’t get any snow which made me happy and sad – I love the crispness and the way it creates a silence but I hate having to go out in it because I always end up feeling afraid I’ll fall………

    Did you enjoy Mary Barton? It’s not exactly a cheery read is it …

    1. I can sympathise there, Karen! I absolutely love snow, but I am often the one falling on my butt! As for Mary Barton, ‘enjoy’ seems the wrong word doesn’t it, what with it being such a harrowing tale? But I did find it very moving and engaging.

      1. That’s a fair point, yes the descriptions of the poverty were uncomfortable, the more so because you know Gaskell based her books on what she actually saw for herself

  2. I need to watch The Durrells πŸ™‚ There was only melted snow here, falling for a few minutes before turning to rain… I’m to read Mary Barton this year, but I loved The Jane Austen society last year. Groundhog day is always so funny, I love Bill Murray ! Enjoy your week πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Izabel 😊 Great to you also loved The Jane Austen Society and Groundhog Day. I hope it won’t be long till can watch The Durrells and I also hope you will enjoy reading Mary Barton this year. πŸ™‚

  3. Oh my word – snow! Glad it was you and not me… We live in just the right part of the UK, where we don’t get it very much as I HATE the stuff. I’m so sorry to hear you aren’t feeling well – if you are also run down, have you considered taking a tonic like Floradix? I swear by it if I fall ill in winter… I love your reading roundup – I like the sound of The Jane Austen Society and might well have a go at it. I derived a lot of comfort from following The Repair Shop series, which I love. It doesn’t hurt that we’ve visited the place where it is filmed, which is absolutely lovely. I hope you have a relaxing week and are able to take it easy – I know your job must be very challenging right now.

    1. Oh no, I love snow! Remind me not move where you live! πŸ˜… As for feeling run down, I already take the Feroglobin supplement and a high dose of Vit D all year round, which probably contributed to me only having a short, mild case of Covid. 😊 I have enjoyed a few episodes of The Repair Shop I have watched and I hope you will enjoy The Jane Austen Society as much as I did, if you decide to read it. πŸ™‚

      1. Glad you love the white stuff! And glad you are taking plenty of supplements – I attribute mine to my generally good levels of energy. And I’m looking forward to getting hold of the The Jane Austen Society:)). Thank you for the recommendation!

  4. Oh wow look at those snow flurries! I love snow. Well, at least initially. After a while it gets old. πŸ™‚ But I really loved having a white Christmas. Anyway, sorry to hear about the restrictions. Things are so bad here too- hopefully 2021 shows us some improvements soon!

    The Jane Austen Society sounds really fun.

    1. I love snow too, Greg! But we hardly have any here so it never gets old! πŸ˜… I really hope 2021 is going to be a happier, healthier and easier year! πŸ™

  5. I am sorry you have been sick and hope you are feeling much better now. I am so glad to hear you enjoyed The Jane Austen Society. I have that one on my TBR shelf to read. I hope you have a great week. Happy reading!

  6. You did get through some wonderful books and some great tv shows and movies. Prodigal Son is one that I watch and it definitely holds your intention. Abnormal psyc fascinates me so I’m sure you can see the appeal. Happy New Year!

  7. You have reminded me I need to do my Books Read in December post! Last night we watched the movie adaptation of The Book Thief. Had not seen it when it came out. Loved it.

    1. Judy, I am pleased you loved the film adaptation of The Book Thief ( I really enjoyed it too, although I haven’t read the book) and I am glad I was able to remind you about your reading round-up post for December. πŸ™‚

  8. What a beautiful picture! Although I hate driving in snow, it does make for pretty pictures. I just started the Prodigal Son and it looks to be a good show. Virgin River is another one I want to try. I hope you have a great week and Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you, Yvonne and Happy New Year to you too! πŸŽ† I am pleased to hear you have been enjoying watching Prodigal Son as well and I hope you have chance to watch Virgin River soon. πŸ™‚

  9. Tier 4 here too, plus I am sheilding again following govt advice. I read O Jerusalem a few years ago, I haven’t read one of those Mary Russell mysteries for ages. I think I got to about number 8. The snow only lasted a few hours here. I only like it to look at anyway.

    1. Well as of when I typed this we are all now back in lockdown, so I hope you are well and cosy inside, Ali. Oh wow you had got quite far with the Mary Russell mysteries then before you stopped. Hopefully you’ll return to them one day. And there is forecast more snow! πŸ€žβ˜ƒπŸ˜

  10. Lots of good reading a watching for you! I’ve got the first in that Laurie R. King series tagged at the library. Are they best read in order? (which is my normal preference) There are quite a few in the series!

    1. Yes, lots of good reading and watching for me in December, Kelly! 😊 As for King’s series, I have been reading them in publication order and that seems to be working best, as while each book is a different mystery there is the ongoing character and relationship arc of Mary and Sherlock. πŸ™‚

  11. I’m glad you managed to have a peaceful Christmas and have seen some snow, even if it didn’t last long! December looks like it was a good month of reading and watching for you. Well done on finishing your Classics Spin book!

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