Christmas can be difficult. Several of you have mentioned present disappointment.
Mr gee40 and I have been in each other's company for so long that 'Christmas presents' have become purchasing something that we both want that's low on the priority list compared with other things. This year it's a new desktop PC.... and upgrading the broadband to fibre. Not essential, but we want it. The flat screen tv was last year. It makes us both happy.
I realise that not all families have such strong bonds as my immediate family. But we do enjoy the time we have together.
Christmas to me is a few days off when we can enjoy ourselves. We eat well, go out for long walks regardless of the weather, and actually relax for a few days at home. Duty visits to in-laws are borne with good grace and we're ready to start the new year.
With the unexpected death of a cousin last new year's eve, this year isn't going to be easy for us, but it is what we each choose to make of it.
Christmas is what YOU choose to make of it. Presents, crackers and 24/7 family may not be your thing. Develop you own tradition!
Our Christmas & New Year period isn't complete without:
- Carols in the square in Hadlow on Christmas Eve
- The Big Game ((Quins v whoever) at Twickenham
- A panto ( a cheapy in Maidstone or Southborough) not the big name ones
- a walk round any or all of Bedgbury Pinetum, Hayesden, Leeds Castle
- Roast turkey & trimmings on Christmas Day
But that's us. Do what make YOU and your immediate family happy. It might involve putting your foot down with in-laws to get time to yourselves (we had to!), but don't just do things because that's what you're expected to do. Make it YOUR time of year.