It’s Christmas Eve and once again I have my usual sorts of last minute worries. This year’s include:
- forgetting to buy extra wide turkey foil;
- or any chocolates – but I expect someone in the house will be given a box or two!
- is there enough bread – there are local shops open on Boxing Day if we run out!
- Student Son is always so difficult to buy presents for – but he doesn’t care so long as there is plenty of food!
I loved Christmas as a child,. But the bits I remember aren’t piles of perfectly wrapped presents in rooms tastefully decorated with foliage and candles…
In fact I don’t think I can recall any specific presents I was given at all. We always had a satsuma at the bottom of our stockings. The grandparents came over and we had hot sausage rolls mid morning, we opened out presents – which didn’t take long! After lunch we played card games such as Hearts. then had an argument (good-natured!) about what to watch on the TV.
In 2016 it’s hard not to get caught up in trying to put on a big Christmas production, a cross between Downton Abbey and the John Lewis Christmas Advert. All too often the result is over-spending, over-stressing and a feeling of let down at the end if hasn’t felt magical.
Sometimes there is too much family and it’s hard to keep them all happy and getting along. Sometimes you are missing a child who has grown up and left home, or who is with your ex, or the rest of your family are in a different country. And if you have lost someone dear to you at this time of year, those memories tend to return every year.
I hope you have a great break from the everyday routine, even if you are fed up with Christmas songs and you aren’t feeling especially festive:
… staying in your PJs all day gaming
… going for a chilly walk then settling down to binge watch a TV series
… being woken by excited small children at 6am or earlier
…or filing your tax returns with HMRC – not kidding – a couple of thousand people do this every year on Christmas Day!