Happy Christmas 2012

Driving home from dinner tonight I challenged Garnet to drive by as many Christmassy-decorated houses as possible – he managed an impressive (albeit completely arbitary) score of 25. Simple lights wound round the pillars and porches of the small town houses are the most effective and the usual sight. Although the happy trend for covering the trunks and branches of bare trees with sets of lights seems to have spread from Longwood to our town. There were a few inflatable Santas and an almost life-sized plastic nativity set, complete with internal lights so that all the characters glowed dimly in the darkness.

I remember when the practice of putting lights outside ones house was considered unseemly – or was that just back at home? I have to confess that I do enjoy seeing how people decorate the outside of their houses – and the dark gaps in between look cold and cheerless by comparison. I could spend the night driving around looking at how others show their happiness and compete with their neighbours this season.

As all of you who know me well have come to realise over the years that I do love this time of year, the songs, memories, coziness, stories, but not the stress. This year I think I have done pretty well at being more organised than my regular ostrich approach usually engenders. I did, of course, not make the last posting dates – they are ridiculously early. Who on earth buys, wraps and packs their presents before Thanksgiving? It takes me that long to get over Halloween, apple picking and hayrides. I have made pudding, crackers and mincepies though…

But it is now the time of Christmas that has that pre-exam feeling – the rush is mostly over and the feeling is ‘it’s too late to do anything more, I will save that til next year’. Most presents and cards are wrapped, written and sent (with hope that they will turn up at the last possible second on Christmas Eve). Just the food to do now – and I have my trusty Delia at Christmas book and when even that fails there are several bottles of bubbly stuff lurking around the garage. Of course my air of feigned calm could all vanish in a puff of panic tomorrow, but right now I am settling down to watch ‘Its a Wonderful Life’…

I do love the thought of people celebrating with their families and not rushing about. So I wanted to wish all of you at home, here and other places a Happy and Peaceful Christmas!

Will add pics of the surrounding area at Christmas soon…

 

Looking forward to reading your comments!