7th Day of Advent – Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder+on+the+Orient+ExpressTitle: Murder on the Orient Express

Author: Agatha Christie

Published: 1934

On the night that the Orient Express was stopped in it’s tracks by a terrific snowdrift, Mr Rachett was brutally murdered by twelve stab wounds. Found in his compartment the next day, the fact that no footprints are visible in the snow outside, etc, suggests that the murderer is one of the guests on the train… It is then that Hercule Poirot alongside his good friend M.Bouc knuckle down to solve the murder… An excellent whodunit, perfect for a cosy winter read! And a very surprising, yet satisfying outcome.

Christmas-Based Entertainment: Christmas Concert

Have you got family coming round at Christmastime? Then you are probably racking your brains for some sort of entertainment to provide and what better than a good old-fashioned concert! It is tradition in our household, that we host a Christmas concert on Christmas Eve for all the family, every year, around the piano. And it is always a great success and a very festive event. So why not host your own? Here are some tips:

1. Learn some Christmas songs on whichever instrument you can play. Personally we base our concerts around the piano, but any instrument would work. ‘Silent Night’, ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’, ‘O, Little Town of Bethlehem’ and ‘Little Donkey’ are good traditional Christmas songs.

2. Make sure your house is alive with Christmas festivity and seasonal joy. (ie: put some decorations up, if you haven’t already)

3. Provide some simple festive refreshments: Roast Chestnuts, Quality Streets, Christmas Cake, Mulled Wine, etc. Yum.

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