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136. A Recipe for A Peaceful Christmas

We all want peace at Christmas, yet often our attempts to achieve it result in precisely the kind of stress we are wanting to avoid. I wondered if there were a few things we could learn from an old fairy tale..... I went to see Matthew Bourne's The Sleeping Beauty last night, at Sadlers Wells. It was a Christmas present from an old friend and was magnificent. I t's probably a long time since you've read the story of the sleeping beauty and, in any case, Matthew Bourne takes a few liberties with the plot, so I offer you a synopsis. Once upon a time there was a king and a queen and they were very sad because they had been unable, for many years, to bear a child. So sad and so desperate