I pondered long and hard about what to say for this blog. Perhaps I’d write about Christmas stories, about what Christmas means to all of us, or Christmas trivia…. there’s plenty of choice. But somehow, on the day before Christmas Eve I have a feeling that it’s all already been said.
The shopping’s been done (um…most of it), the tree is up and decorated, the presents are wrapped. (Well, some of them. A few tricky shapes to go here, still.) Any cards that haven’t been posted yet aren’t going to get there in time, and if something’s been forgotten – well I guess I’ll have to manage without it. The pre-Christmas deadline has been met and what’s not written now is going to stay unwritten until after Boxing Day. One of the nice things about this time of the year is that almost everyone else is taking time off as well – giving us all a chance to break our routine and think about the things which really matter to us.
So what’s left to do? The pre-Christmas parties have all been gone to and enjoyed, and the first of many mince pies are in the oven. The leaning fairy – a bit of a tradition in our family – is regarding me from a jaunty angle from the top of the tree. (The leaning fairy has been on the top of various family trees for years. She has a new dress and new wings from when I remember her as a child, but in one respect she’s always been the same. However firm and straight she’s fixed when the tree is decorated, she gently leans to one side over time. And now she’s leaning, as if she’s just about to take off and fly around the ceiling, her china smile telling me that Christmas is almost here.)
And this is one of the times I love about Christmas. There’s still lots to do, but it’s all planned out, I know exactly where I’m going to be, and what I’m going to be doing over the next few days. Keeping the old traditions and making some new ones. Some things will go marvellously, and there will be the disasters too, which over the course of next year will turn into something to laugh about next Christmas. Long awaited, and much anticipated, Christmas is almost here now, and it’s time to let it all happen.
But there is one thing I haven’t done yet, and I’m going to rectify that omission right now. As this year draws to a close, and the next one is yet to start, I wish you peace and joy, good health and prosperity. And most of all…
Happy Christmas everyone!