It’s that time of year again and I cannot believe how quickly the year has flown by. I like to buy myself a week-to-view diary/journal and take time to write the important dates in it, transferring them carefully from my old diary. It’s not hi-tech, not the most efficient use of time and there are certainly more reliable ways of doing it in this digital age. But I like it because it allows me to gather my thoughts, revisit the old year and realize just how much I accomplished during that time… and how much I never got around to!
Christmas is also a very poignant time for me because it was at Christmas time ten years ago that my mother suddenly died. She had early onset Alzheimer’s and was only 71. It was a shock and – to some extent – a relief when she passed on as the illness had long stolen away the person who was my mother. I have still not got over losing her even though I did not see her very much (I live 300 miles away) and could not phone her at all in the latter stages because her illness meant she got confused easily and readily distracted. I still miss her.
And I have a Christmas cold – again. It comes from the stress of the season. I get one most years, except for the first Christmas with the boys when the whole family fell ill with projectile vomiting. Now that was a memorable Christmas! Not. Sadly we had the in-laws over from Spain so we went through with the whole festive thing and felt terrible. I think it was only the in-laws who ate the meal. Had we been on our own we would have postponed the celebrations until we felt well!
We’re off to see Father Christmas tomorrow. It’s probably going to be the last year we can before the magic is broken. The boys will make toys with the elves and ice something unhealthy with Mrs Claus, visit the reindeer and then we’ll go ice skating. It should be great! Just hope it doesn’t snow for real – the UK being unable to handle anything but the most mediocre of weather, more than 20 flakes will probably shut the M25!
Not that I’d mind if it did this year, because I’m ready. Decorations done, cards written, presents bought – and wrapped, itinerary planned, family invited… and other half doing the food. Feels great! Definitely the way to a stress free Christmas!