And so, Christmas has been and gone, the tree and tinsel have been put away for another year. I packed the boxes up this year with a very heavy heart, a year is a very long time, and in the back of my mind, I was wondering what the year ahead held for a certain small person with stars in his head. We have shared some magical times with him again over Christmas this year, sometimes I wonder if my brood are too much for him to cope with, but, I don’t honestly think any of us would have it any other way. Even though it takes him a day or two to recover after a get together, I think the good times outweigh the tiredness and boy, do we know how to have a good time!
So, the end of December rapidly sped by with shopping and performances, and the ‘big freeze’, which did slow down the shopping somewhat. However, it didn’t stop the small group of carol singers made up of children and parents from the village Sunday School getting together and singing at a few houses and the village pub. Ok, so the small ones were pulled in sledges, the older ones put on a brave face and wrapped up warm, and probably enjoyed the hot drinks and biscuits afterwards more, but as a small community it goes to show, that, even a big fall of snow won’t put people off getting together, freezing and raising money for a good cause. The annual Sunday School performance went ahead, this is written by the one of the Sunday School leaders and is never the usual Nativity story. Last year the title was “Heaven’s got the Talent factor”, this year it was “Celebrity Masterchef at the Bethlehem Inn” . As usual it had us parents captivated by the effort the kids put into it, and the talent a certain leader has for writing, it was fantastic!! A huge public thank you to Judith, I do wonder to myself how she can keep up the standard!!
By Christmas Eve, the shopping was completed. Needless to say, this year was no different, I was heading to bed at twenty to seven in the morning after finishing wrapping and getting the turkey in the aga, just as the children were waking up! A few words of bribery, and they left me alone for a couple of hours sleep…oh how I love my older children, who in times of desperate need, i.e. sleep, can help me out!!
So, the poor treadmill didn’t get a look in at all, it was decorated beautifully by the children, I was tempted to finish off the look with some flashy lights, but, I felt their effort was enough!! Christmas for me as a mum is a time to shut the front door, switch off the TV and enjoy the children. The door only opens to the people we want to see, or, to go out and spend time with people who mean something to us as a family. We spend all year racing around, I just like to chill with the kids, enjoy the new games and if I don’t feel like getting dressed, or cooking a full meal, then I don’t, I love it! Buffets and paper plates over Christmas are definitely the way forward…
However, the kids are now back at school, the treadmill is now dusted and undecorated and calling me to get back on it! I have 14 weeks left, and that scares me, but I am so ready to take on the challenge….
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