In haste, this is just a quick note to wish you all a Happy Christmas – or as the Archbishop Of Canterbury recently said, “I wish you all a Messy Christmas”.
Which in my case is what it will be. It is early Christmas morning and it is only my mother and I in the house. I have to go and pick up my children from their father’s house later (because I can’t bear the thought of my teenage son driving his two siblings back to me on fast roads and that was the only other option given to me). My mother and I were meant to go to Midnight Mass last night but after a little too much champagne my mother decided she didn’t want to at the last minute. So that was that then.
Once my children are back we will have our traditional lunch – but there will only be 5 of us, which is the smallest Christmas day meal I have ever done. Then we’re off to friends for silly party games and much drinking Baileys and eating Quality Streets in the evening and at some point we will have to watch the Queen I suppose.
THEN tomorrow we have our big family day with the rest of my family arriving so we will then have a big meal for 11.
Although technically it will only be 10 to eat, because the 11th family member doesn’t have any teeth yet. In fact she will only be three weeks old.
Her first Christmas. My brother and his wife’s first baby. How lovely. This is what Christmas is all about – family and friends. Young and Old. Such a shame my father won’t be there at the table with us – he’d have been so proud – but hey, that’s life I guess and she will bring us much joy and we will make a toast to absent friends and hope my mother won’t cry. She’s put out the Christmas tablecloth – the one we’ve had every year for about 30 years. Everyone who has ever eaten with us has signed the cloth where they sat and then she embroiders it. I’ll take a photo. It’s pretty amazing actually. A good way to remember friends and what we were doing. My father’s name is all over the place. Every year for 30 years he’s signed it. So. I guess he’ll be with us in spirit.
EAT, DRINK AND BE MESSY.