It comes but once a year, and so you have to make the most of it! I think I certainly did this year. I finished my second book since I’ve been back (A Christmas Carol) and in it Scrooge says, “I do not make merry myself at Christmas, and I cannot afford to make idle men merry” well I am an idle man (always have been) and I certainly did make merry! Gathering after gathering, drink after drink, more food than I could often stomach: it really is the most wonderful time of the year.
Honouring old traditions such as theatre trips, party’s and pub gatherings as well as new events, it was the perfect way to say goodbye to family and friends before we head off for 6 months this morning. The itinerary takes us to Cuba, the Cayman Islands, USA, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Japan before travelling from Istanbul back through Europe in June. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, my stuff is packed and we’re on our way to Gatwick, maybe it won’t sink in till we’ve been away for a bit of time!
After putting the final touches to presents and decorations just before Christmas, I set about having lots of fun. We went to see Aladdin the musical which was entertaining, made all the merrier by food and drinks with friends and family in a lovely pub on the Charing Cross road. It was the second day spent making merry in the west end. The night before I’d been to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, taking in all the Christmas illuminates and atmosphere.
Before you knew it, it was Christmas Eve, family were en route and the Christmas traditions had begun. The annual Christmas Eve kick about had a record turnout (38) and had to be decided by a golden goal after 2 and a half hours. The only downside of such a great turnout was that the mulled wine had to be sparingly shared. Once that was done, the big day was fast approaching, time to crack open the champagne and celebrate. Probably a glass or 4 too many meant that the head was a bit fuzzy on Christmas morning, but that hadn’t stopped Santa visiting. It was a lovely day, with a nice twilight walk (complete with mums new head torch) breaking up the feasting.
The remainder of the festive period was made up of more socialising, catching up with friends and family and explaining what we would be doing for the next 6 months. Games night on Boxing Day, turkey pie the day after and the 10th anniversary of the annual father and sons Christmas drinks.
So there you have it, a simply a wonderful Christmas time, and now the time has actually come. 6 months of who knows what ahead. Let’s do this!