I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, filled with peace and love, family and friends and, no doubt, rather too much food. If you have young children around you, you'll have enjoyed their excitement – I remember the noise levels when mine were little, Christmas through the eyes of youngsters is a wondrous but deafening thing!
With the youngest of the 14 people I fed on Christmas Day being Billy, at 16, the pace of the day was a little more sedate than a few years ago. I woke around 8am (several hours later than the alarm call of 'Santa's been!!! Can I open my presents?' used to be), took the turkey out of the fridge and took a cup of tea back to bed for an hour. Bliss!
We enjoyed our present opening in the morning – the children clubbed together to give me a Kindle – I love books and never thought electronic reading would appeal to me but I am totally converted and absolutely love it already.
Olley gave me a watch I have been coveting for a while, and also a gorgeous framed photo of Bex, Charlie and Billy with our dog Barney (see photo top left). As a professional photographer, he doesn't really take pictures of the family, so this is very special and already in pride of place on our sitting room wall.
We had time to lay the table before my Mum, Dad, Aunty Barbara (who celebrated her 89th birthday on Christmas Day) and two of my brothers with their wives (just one each…) and children arrived for lunch. I took a 'before' photo to show you (left), but I won't post the 'after' – not a good look!
Suffice to say, we had a fantastic lunch – I was pleased with my cooking, but it was the feeling of being together as a family and enjoying each other's company that made the day so special.
I hope you enjoyed a lovely day too. Sometimes it seems as though it's loads of work and then all over so quickly, and after a quiet Boxing Day I was back at work and back to normal. Next week isn't quite normal, though. We are celebrating the New Year with a full month of extended Morning Shows. Monday to Friday, we will be bringing you two hours from 9am, featuring a new competition that I know you'll love (and look out – we may even be able to raise the prize money!) and some special products and prices for you.
I'll be with Claire Sutton for the first Morning Show of the year on Monday 2nd January so I hope you can join us. I look forward to your company. Until then, have a great New Year and take care.