Frolicking reindeer and sparkling snow, steamy mulled wine sending vapours of warmth, glittering decorations adorning the tree and the thrill and excitement of Christmas pervades through our hearts… at least that’s what we hope will happen!!!!
Reality check… Nooooooooooooo, I refuse to have a reality check! Come on, lovely ones, let’s at least try and re-create the fuzzy warm feelings of youth.
Luckily for me I have a full-on believer in Tom, and if I can just ensure Father Christmas wraps in a different paper this year… we’re looking like a full house of believers! Mind you, Joe has GOT to know. I just couldn’t bring myself last year to admit it, so I just gave Joe the look, hoping that telepathically our mother-son bond would be at full speed and he would just ‘know’ what I was saying/not saying. OK so – technically – I lied, though once they’re at secondary school it’s probably kinder to tell them. OK, so I’m not kind and I’m a liar – whoops not good parenting, huh!
‘Tis now Thursday and NO I AM NOT READY FOR CHRISTMAS! There we are, I said/shouted that… it will be Christmas Day this time next week and I’m sure it will all miraculously come together (please please please), but as yet there are some gaping holes in the preparation. I’ve been somewhat up against it with my ‘Tom stuff’, as it’s now been named. Not Tom, you understand, but all the battling, mediation meetings, social worker appointments and tribunal dates, so I don’t feel quite like I started soon enough. Who am I trying to kid, I NEVER do! Each conversation with Mummy has a “‘Have you done your cards yet, darling?”, followed by a “Cards? That’s the least of my worries, Mummy”. I’m such a drama queen, aren’t I?!
She is beyond excited; loving the importance of it all and particularly liking the make-up she has to wear. Lashes – you should see them – one coat of mascara and she could knock the dame over, I promise you! So far I have managed to ‘do’ her make-up , though I’m sure she’ll soon take that moment and fly with it. I bought her a Laura Geller set as I learnt NOT to let her into my make-up after the last time she was in a show! She is deeeeelighted, not to mention a tad emotional and tired, so it’s careful management of my baby girl so she AND I survive.
We shall have 14 on Christmas Day (luckily Dan is the real chef on the big day itself), but I refuse to let him take all the glory as all the prep, commis chef and cleaner-upper jobs are all ably performed by yours truly! We will also have lots of different visitors over the week: my brother and our best friends, plus my niece and her boyfriend, are all coming over to see Maddie, so it shall be full of fun.
I shall be on air on Saturday 20th at 3pm, 4pm and 7 pm, and Sunday 21st at 2pm and 5pm with the fabulous Dyson DC58 cordless handheld vacuum TSV with accessories.
I love it, and have set my elves up for a ‘clean-up for Christmas’ challenge… the boys did good!!!
For the first time I have a week off from the 22nd, which will be totally wonderful, and I shall be back on air on the 29th and 31st. I will be your smiley face on New Year’s Day at 9am with our Try Something New show, so I hope we can try something new together!
I wanted to get this blog up as I know I’ve been slack, but not so slack as to miss wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
May your days be merry and bright… to quote that well-known song! And may your hearts be filled with love and the promise of a New Year ahead… that’s all mine!
I know for many of you there are sad moments at Christmas, and I hope each of you can find the joy in your memories as I know I do.
Thank you all so very much for your continued and unfailing support for me and for my family, I feel it deeply and am truly grateful.
With my love,