Christmas spirit

23 Dec

…is in short supply this year. I am running low on it anyway, despite my best efforts. Dread family visits and the accompanying stress all you like, then when there’s nobody here? You miss them. I think that if the Hubby wasn’t working it wouldn’t be half as bad, but I am 5 hours in to (at least) 80 of the next 96 hours I will be spending by myself (with the Turtle!) and am feeling a tad maudlin. Just a tad. It didn’t stop me from buying Guinness for Santa. And we’re planning to have Christmas dinner on Tuesday (the first day we’ll be able to sit around and watch the turkey cook, as is traditional 🙂 ). The presents are wrapped. The Turtle has picked up a startling number of Christmas songs and sings them over and over and over.

Regardless, I have been plowing on, trying to build our Christmas traditions and make thing s enjoyable for all of us. This is only our second Christmas together in our own home. The Hubby came over to Ireland to visit us for the Turtle’s first. So we are still establishing things. There seems to be plenty of baking and crafting. The ornaments on the tree are almost entirely handmade. There’s singing and old (from the 30s and 40s) Christmas cartoons.We have a small stack of Christmas books we work through almost daily too – Joseph is now (and probably always will be) “Jofuss” and crackers have become “Nutcrackers”.

And when we finally get to have Christmas dinner, there will be sausage stuffing. And probably brussel sprouts, even if I loathe them with a passion. And potatoes of every ilk, even though I am the only one who eats them. Oh and parsnips (which are ridiculously hard to find). Roll on Tuesday!


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For those of you lucky enough to celebrate Christmas on the appointed day, with your loved ones around you, Merry Christmas. And don’t forget to enjoy it, even the bits when everyone is driving you completely and utterly insane. Because that’s what Christmas is all about, surely!


2 Responses to “Christmas spirit”

  1. Carol Ann Hoel December 24, 2010 at 4:12 am #

    What memories you have documented in photos and blogs! Blessings to you…

  2. Tammy Hanna December 24, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    Just incase you haven’t tried it, lightly roasting your sprouts with a bit of garlic is infinitely better than boiling them.

    Happy Tuesday x

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