Here we are – just a couple of days away from Christmas and I’ve still got a list as long as my arm of things to do!! How can that be? 😊 That said, at least the tree is up, I only have four more presents to wrap, and I’ve finished writing my shopping list for the Christmas food so not too shabby. The housework can wait until tomorrow as the family don’t arrive until the 23rd!
How are you getting on? I do hope Christmas is a joy rather than a stress for you, although I also appreciate this year may be the first you’ve had without someone you love and that’s always hard… Some folk work and often families are miles apart at this time of year, but whatever the day brings I hope more than anything you won’t be lonely…
I’ve been incredibly fortunate to avoid most of the bugs and colds up until now and was able to drive all over the place exchanging presents with family and friends and bumping into Father Christmas twice too! My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Winchester Christmas market and then spent a morning making mince pies – perfect! I drove to Dorset to see Roz and Chris and helped with their local village hall Christmas coffee morning where we enjoyed home baked cakes and the first visit from Santa.
I met him again when Lucy and Honey took me to ‘The Flight Before Christmas’. I’m guessing his sleigh was in for repair because he was on board a mighty Boeing 747 that had been magically transformed so that the children could spend some time with him and also decorate gingerbread and make their own teddy bears. Certainly a bit of a change to me seeing Father Christmas in 1967 when he was crammed into a corner of the beauty hall at Bentalls in Kingston but equally memorable. 😊
It’s been great to set the tree up in our newly decorated sitting room and make it all festive, and with a bit of luck and a following wind Colin and I should be in our own bedroom by Christmas Eve. We need to be, as we have a whole heap of family and friends staying with us at various points over the next week and now they will have their own rooms to rest and relax in! So looking forward to sharing Christmas with them all.
I can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel with the house renovations, so hopefully January will find us on the final stretch. Can you believe it’s almost seven months since I hung up my earpiece at QVC and retired after 23 years with the channel! But what a seven months it’s been, crammed full of family, travel, building work, social and emotional commitments, sadly two funerals but also two beautiful weddings. It’s been a tough year at times particularly for my daughter Lucy and also my son Jack, and my godmother Edna lost her partner John too which was very sad. So often I’ve heard myself saying that I wouldn’t have been able to be there for them if I had been working, and although there never seems to be a perfect time to make these big decisions like retirement, it’s always a relief when it was clearly the right one.
Doesn’t mean to say I don’t miss the gang, the fun, the on air excitement and the connection, but that’s what has been so lovely about this blog and the fact you’ve come on board and kept in touch. I’ve loved hearing about your holidays, your family, your pre-Christmas plans not just here, but on Instagram and Facebook too and am looking forward very much to the New Year – who knows what that will bring?!
So all that remains is for me to send you a mighty great thank you for all your love and support this year, and to wish you a very merry Christmas and every happiness in 2024. May it be your best year yet.
With my love,