Well, it’s almost here – and as usual, I’m barely ready for it! The house is decorated, the tree is up …
… but the shopping isn’t all done and the presents are not yet all wrapped.
We’ve been busy decorating a couple of rooms of the house, something we started in October and should have been finished by the end of November. Ha! You know how it goes: one thing leads to a problem that leads to another problem that leads to another, in a domino effect. Hubby was still battling with Ikea furniture for our son’s bedroom up until a few days ago.
In the midst of all this, at the end of November my dad ended up in hospital with pneumonia. As my mother has severe dementia, that meant me living in with her 24/7 until he came back out, followed by the aftermath of making sure they were both coping (ish). So you can imagine why we’re a bit behind with our festive preparations this year!
We did manage to have a family day out in Haworth last weekend to try to get into a more festive mood. We started with a walk on the snow-frosted moors (very icy paths!) …
… then walked into the village to warm up with a coffee, mooch around the eclectic mix of shops on the cobbled main street while brass bands played carols, then enjoy lunch at a lovely cafe.
Last night, the kids and I settled down to watch White Christmas. Oh, how we love that movie! I say ‘kids’ – they’re 22 and 19 now, but they still enjoyed it immensely. I doubt there are many 19-year-old boys who know ‘The best things happen while you’re dancing’ off by heart!
It’s lovely to have my son home for Christmas. Last year, he was away on a gap year, volunteering in Thailand, and we missed him. Although come to think of it, we didn’t miss the arguments for the TV remote or his grubby socks festively decorating the lounge! 😀
On Christmas Eve, the four of us hope to have the day to ourselves and take our annual winter walk at Bolton Abbey …
If you missed it, you can read more about that in a post I wrote a couple of years ago here:
On Christmas Day, we’ll fetch my parents over to us for Christmas lunch, but they won’t manage more than a few hours. My brother will stay longer into the evening, and as he is very much a ‘Bah Humbug’ when it comes to Christmas, the kids will torment him with a fun kids’ film which he will claim to be rubbish but secretly enjoy.
At the end of next week, my other brother will drive up from Cornwall along with my niece to spend a couple of days. It’s our parents’ diamond wedding anniversary (!) so we’ll go out for lunch as a family to celebrate, although my mother doesn’t really understand what’s going on. Still, it will be lovely to all be together.
And so it only remains for me to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, or Happy Holidays, or Happy Festive Season …
Whatever you celebrate at this time of year, may you get a chance to relax a little and enjoy the company of your loved ones … if those two concepts go together 😉
Love, Helen x