Sunday 25 December 2016

The Big Day Arrives

fbb's Favourite Christmas Song ...
... and Favourite Christmas Thought!
Of course, no-one believes that Jesus was born on 25th December. When the Church Seasons were being planned, it seemed logical to hijack the existing period of revelry enjoyed around the winter solstice. Thanks to several Calendar re-organisations no-one is even certain of the year!

But we can still celebrate His Birthday. December 25th is as good a date as any other.

wishes ALL his readers
a VERY happy

But if you wanted a Public Transport activity instead of traditional festivities ...
... you would need to live on the Isle of Wight where a large part of the normal network will be operating at an hourly or two-hourly frequency.

Bludner! 1144 at Totland should be 1114.

And the good news is that you can cop the whole network and still be "home" for a slightly delayed Christmas Dinner.

National Express finally woke up to the exciting possibility that people might travel with them on Christmas Day IF they published details of where the coaches went - and when.

So you could enjoy a round trip from Liverpool!

But do remember to take your turkey sandwiches and Christmas pud ready spread with brandy butter as there are unlikely to be any refreshment services available.

The Keighley Bus Museum will be running their free services today as usual.
Again, a full circuit of all four routes is possible, finishing in plenty of time for din-dins.

The fbbs are spending Christmas with the family at Abergynolwyn (Wales). This former slate mining village is a little over six miles inland from Tywyn.
The map shows the Talyllyn Railway, the world's first preserved line.
The terminus (Nant Gwernol) is very close the the house where the gang are staying, but hidden in trees.
the track can be glimpsed immediately to the left of the telegraph pole. Santa Specials were running yesterday (24th) and Mince Pie specials will run from tomorrow (Boxing Day) until 2nd January inclusive.

Santa Special at Tywyn - 2010

The village is quiet with only the occasional conversation (in Welsh, of course) outside the windows. But festive decorations abound; with folk-heroes Snowman and Santa, inflated and looming ominously outside next door.
Inside, the family has created a festive and light bedecked twig ...
... assembled from timber collected from the beach. But, joyously, on a patch of land behind the cottage, is a semi-biblical nativity scene, fully illuminated greets the eye.
Christmas has come to Abergynolwyn!

 Next bus bits blog : Monday 26th December 


  1. Merry Christmas FBB; thanks for your efforts over the year.


  2. A very happy Christmas FBB to you and yours and I would also like to thank you for your writings over the past year or two, which I never miss. HNY when it comes, too. Steve.

  3. Merry Christmas FBB, Thanks for entertaining us everyday.
    Long may you blog,!

  4. Happy Christmas to FBB and any fellow blog readers