Week 70 - Christmas

  • Merry Christmas! This is a couple of days late as a result of taking a proper break. I’ll recap.
  • The week began with H’s school play at the local church. He read his lines very well, but the whole affair was much more traditionally Christian compared to his brother’s play last week. The combination of chilly church pews, a sermon from the vicar and dreary old carols brought me right back to my youth.
  • The boys finished school and L had her work party to which (uniquely for me) I was also invited. I was on best behaviour and found other husbands to talk about football and cricket while drinking wine.
  • A very quiet week at work - many had booked it off - which meant I could think about January and catch up on planning. I like these days. And then a welcome sense of closure, shutting down my laptop ready for Christmas to begin.
  • I picked up our regular Christmas order from the local butchers: turkey, gammon, chipolatas, sausage meat, pigs-in-blankets and a large vegetables box. Plenty to keep us very well-fed over the festive period.
  • I like to do the cooking. I had a carefully-timed plan ready, honed over the last couple of years, starting with boiling the ham on Christmas Eve afternoon through to sitting down for lunch at 2pm the next day. Practice helps: it all went very well.
  • Annoyingly, I picked up a cold/bug at some point, so I was mostly dosed up on Lemsips rather than the nice booze we’d bought. Youngest son, C, was also poorly and managed to vomit himself awake the night before Christmas. Not very festive!
  • However, the day itself was a success. The boys loved their stockings from Santa, L was pleased with her presents and she got me a cool, deconstructed iPhone 4 and a Nanoleaf hexagon starter kit, both of which are now waiting to be mounted on a wall in my office.