The turkey is in the fridge, for some inexplicable reason I also purchased a massive gammon ham on a whim. I have one of those elusive (according to the news) Christmas puddings somewhere in the depths of a cupboard. We also have some crushed mince pies but no Christmas cake as I forgot to buy it in time and they have also sold out of this in all of our local shops. This December I bought three of those plastic tins of sweets, we have none left. I didn’t buy anymore, we couldn’t be trusted. No sweets for us on Christmas day unless we steal them from the children.
For us, I think its the first year when all three children fully comprehend what is about to happen, they are all about to explode with excitement. This makes the nightmare of shopping and wrapping all worthwhile and i’m really quite excited myself.
My plans are to do a bit of knitting, to watch lots of television and to read like there is no tomorrow. I’ll try not to resume my role as ‘arbiter of peace’ amongst the children and let them win/ lose their own battle- sort of Lord of the Flies style. I do this all year, its my turn for a break. And, its good for them. And if they all fight too much there is always a nice chilled bottle of Baileys in the fridge!
This year we will be going to church and celebrating as Christians, I feel its very important for my children to understand the real meaning of it all. We will think about those who are no longer with us, those who are fighting illness and those who are hungry or homeless. We made a big food donation to our local food bank as part of our Christmas shop (alongside our usual financial donation) and I hope that this plays a small part in helping those who don’t have what we are lucky enough to enjoy this year.